Wyoming Court OKs Phone Approvals for DUI Testing

The Wyoming Supreme Court has endorsed a 2011 state law allowing judges to grant authority to police over the telephone to force motorists to submit to DUI testing.

In a ruling made Friday, the court concluded it's not a violation of the state constitution for judges to grant telephonic approval to police to test motorists they suspect of driving drunk.

The ruling came in response to a challenge from two Teton County motorists. The ruling means that the cases may now proceed in the court system.

Republican State Representative Keith Gingery of Jackson drafted the law allowing judges to grant approval over the phone. He's also a lawyer with the Teton County Attorney's Office, which is prosecuting the motorists.

The state representative says the ruling should help Wyoming crack down on repeat DUI offenders.


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