Prison for deadly texting while driving fails in Wyoming
Feb. 16, 2018
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Lawmakers in the Wyoming House have voted down a bill that would have meant prison time for drivers who cause a deadly wreck while texting on their phones.
Texting while driving in Wyoming currently is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $75.
A bill sponsored by representatives including Hans Hunt, of Newcastle, would have allowed up to 20 years in prison for drivers who cause a deadly texting crash. Hunt said Friday a texting driver who crashed in northeast Wyoming recently badly hurt two men who were helping another motorist.
Other lawmakers questioned whether the bill was necessary.
The bill failed with two-thirds of the House voting no. The bill needed a two-thirds majority to be introduced for further discussion.