House passes DUI bill

Cheyenne, WY – A bill that would strengthen driving under the influence laws has passed the Wyoming House. The bill would require a breath test to be done within two hours, rather than three, and would increase the amount of time a DUI remains on a driver's record from five years to ten. Jackson Representative Keith Gingery thinks the bill is a step in the right direction, but he says more legislation is needed to really crack down on DUIs in the state: "It's a very good bill that will improve our rankings with the mothers against drunk driving. Right now we're second from the bottom. Our per capita deaths are just astronomical and so hopefully our objective is to bring down our death rate. This is not the end of it. There's a lot more work to do there's a lot more legislation that needs to pass but this is certainly a good start."

The bill would also allow for chemical testing to determine if a driver was impaired by drugs. The Senate has already approved a similar bill.