As of July 1, new DUI laws in Wyoming will require drivers suspected of driving under the influence to submit to breath, blood and urine tests, according to K2TV news in Wyoming. DUI arrests in the state have risen dramatically over the years, culminating in 643 arrests last year. However, law enforcement would like the conviction rates for these arrests to improve and believe the new laws will help increase the conviction rate among DUI offenders.
“If you refuse to give a blood or breath sample, a search warrant will be obtained, then the blood alcohol level samples can be taken regardless,” said Mark Trimble, Operations Captain, Casper Police Department. “It puts more teeth in the law, which hopefully will work as a deterrent, and hopefully people will realize they are going to get charged with a DUI.”
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) say the new laws are a good start, but more needs to be done to prevent drunk driving.
“Having to deal with some of the victims’ families, it is heartbreaking what they go through, the loss that they feel and drunk driving is a 100 [percent] preventable crime,” said Debbie Taylor, a volunteer with MADD in Casper. “On a national level, we are imploring congress in Washington to seek funding for preventing drunk driving with technology, in newer vehicles we would like to have an ignition interlock, if it senses alcohol in the car, it will not start.”
Drunk driving is dangerous for the driver, his or her passengers and anyone unlucky enough to be sharing the road with the person at that time. Many fatal car accidents have been caused by drunk drivers. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be owed compensation. Call our national accident attorney today at (866) 377-3800 for a free consultation.
[Tom’s Tips: Before you go out, decide who will be doing the driving and make sure that person doesn’t drink any alcoholic beverages.]
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