Under the program, individuals who are awaiting trials or hearings for alcohol-related misdemeanors would be released from jail provided they agree to a once- or twice-a-day sobriety test. Judges may also order the individuals participate in the program after adjudication.
Jackson Representative Keith Gingery says that South Dakota piloted the 24/7 Sobriety Program. He says when a group of legislators went to Rapid City to see the program first hand, they saw a line of people waiting for their turn at an intoximeter.
The Wyoming Supreme Court is considering a challenge to a recent state law that allows judges to give permission over the phone to police officers to draw blood or perform other tests on people suspected of drunken driving.
Two drivers who submitted to testing after a Teton County judge authorized officers over the phone are contending the tests should be disallowed in their cases because the search warrants don't meet constitutional requirements for written affidavits.
Albany County District Judge Jeffrey Donnell has dealt a blow to Laramie’s ordinance that mandates jail time for anyone who refuses chemical testing if they are suspected of driving under the influence.
Laramie approved the law in an effort to stop people from refusing chemical testing. But Laramie Attorney Michael Vang challenged the ordinance in a case surrounding his client Raymond Sandoval.
After a bit of a rocky start, law enforcement officials and prosecutors around the state say they're now running into few problems with Wyoming's new mandatory DUI testing law.
Since July 1, police officers have been able to get a judicial warrant requiring motorists pulled over for suspected alcohol or drug use to take a breath, blood or urine test. Prosecutors say the change has helped them win cases against drunk drivers, especially repeat offenders who know how to beat the system.