10 arrested for impaired driving; 11 arrested for use of controlled substances

(Fremont County, WY) – As part of a Fremont County, multi-agency impaired driving enforcement operation during the 1A/2A regional basketball tournaments Feb. 24-26, the Fremont County DUI Task Force made 163 traffic stops, arrested 10 impaired drivers, and made 11 controlled substance arrests.

While the focus was on impaired driving in the Lander and Riverton areas, the task force also issued 6 citations for no seatbelt, 5 child safety seat citations, 16 speeding tickets, 44 citations for other offenses, and made 13 other arrests. The task force issued 78 warnings during the 3-day operation.

In 2021, there were 12 fatal crashes and 13 traffic-related fatalities in Fremont County. Eight of the 13 fatalities were alcohol-related. In 2021, there were 56 alcohol-related crashes in Fremont County. In January 2022, there was 1 reported alcohol-related crash in Fremont County.

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The Fremont County DUI Task Force includes the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lander, Riverton, Shoshoni, and Wind River police departments.

The purpose of the Fremont County DUI Task Force is to reduce fatal crashes through the enforcement of impaired driving and seatbelt laws. These enforcement efforts are supported by a media campaign that stresses law enforcement’s zero-tolerance stance on impaired driving and commitment to seatbelt enforcement.

The Fremont County DUI Task Force recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

  • Remember that it is never OK to drink and drive. Even if you have had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation, taxi or a ride sharing service to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact Fremont County law enforcement or dial 911.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and plan to get your friend home safely.

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