12 arrests made for impaired driving; Task Force issues hundreds of warnings over New Year’s weekend

(Fremont County, WY) – As part of a countywide, multi-agency impaired driving enforcement operation over the New Year’s weekend, the Fremont County DUI Task Force made 318 traffic stops, arrested 12 impaired drivers, and made 1 controlled substance arrest.

While the focus was on impaired driving, the Task Force also issued 3 citations for no seatbelt, 42 citations for speeding, 34 citations for other offenses, and made 2 other arrests. The Task Force issued 209 warnings during the 4-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. Additionally, 4 of the 13 fatalities involved a lack of seatbelt use. In 2021, there were 56 alcohol-related crashes in Fremont County.

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The Fremont County DUI Task Force includes 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 promoted 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 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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