By Bob Beck
CHEYENNE, wyo – A Wyoming legislative committee has voted to toughen Wyoming's driving under the influence law and would no longer allow citizens to refuse a chemical blood alcohol test.
Currently defense attorneys advise clients not to submit to such a test and generally the worst that happens to a driver that refuses, is a suspended license.
Eric Phillips is the new traffic safety resource person for Wyoming prosecutors. He says when South Dakota switched to this approach they got a lot better handle on DUI's
"The biggest concern that South Dakota had initially was going to be with constitutional challenges, but thus far none of those have been successful," says Phillips. "At least not reviewed on the Supreme Court level.
Some committee members say the bill takes away citizen rights. But it passed the committee on a 5-4 vote and heads to the house floor.