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DUI Bill Tested In Senate

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A bill intended to strengthen Wyoming’s DUI laws sponsored by Teton County Representative Keith Gingery appears headed for an up-hill battle in the Senate.  The bill would essentially eliminate a drunken driver’s right to refuse a breathalyzer or blood-alcohol test.  A Senate committee has approved House Bill 29 for discussion on the Senate floor, but some members are warning that it could die there.  Gingery says refusing to take a test has become a loophole for repeat DUI offenders and prevents officers from collecting the evidence necessary to win a conviction.  Senator Floyd Esquibel of Laramie County says he has concerns about the bill’s intrusiveness.  Other Senators say they have concerns about taking blood samples from people without a warrant.

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