Senate Defeats DUI Bill

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming senate has defeated a bill that would have strengthened the state's laws against impaired driving.

It would have made a third DUI conviction in seven years a felony, plus raised fines.

With little debate, the Senate defeated the bill by a two-vote margin.

Senator Tony Ross says he was concerned about some increased penalties following a first offense, but was surprised the bill failed.

Ross says sometimes this kind of bill takes a long time to succeed with the legislature. He notes that the open container law that passed last year took a decade to pass.