DUI Enforcement results in arrests, tickets, warnings

An early July Fremont County multi-agency DUI enforcement operation led to 240 traffic stops and the arrests of two drunk drivers.

In an 18-hour operation for the July 4 holiday, the focus was on impaired drivers. Fremont County law enforcement officers also issued 40 speeding tickets and three seatbelt citations. In all, 53 other citations were issued, and 186 warnings were given.

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“The 4th was right in the middle of the work-week so there wasn’t a weekend involved, but it was obviously very busy for law enforcement. A bunch of traffic enforcement only resulted in two drunk drivers during big parties on July 4 all across Fremont County. It was an outstanding performance by our county drivers during a heavy party day celebrating Independence Day,” said Wyoming Department of Transportation public relations specialist Cody Beers of Riverton.

Fremont County law enforcement agencies are working together, and in the third year of a county-wide, multi-agency, traffic enforcement effort for 2018. The July 4 operation was the fifth of at least six planned operations in Fremont County for the year. The next operation is scheduled for the Labor Day weekend.

The purpose of the operations is to reduce fatal crashes in Fremont County through enforcement of impaired driving and seatbelt laws. Focused enforcement efforts will be surrounded by a media campaign that will stress law enforcement’s zero-tolerance stance on impaired driving and commitment to seatbelt enforcement.

The enforcement operation is conducted by police departments in Riverton, Lander and Shoshoni, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Wind River Police Department, Wyoming State Parks, and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Partners in the campaign include Injury Prevention Resources and WYDOT.

Along with this enhanced enforcement effort, the Wyoming Highway Patrol is urging drivers to help keep Wyoming’s roadways safe by calling the Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately (REDDI) hotline number at 1-800-442-9090 to report suspected drunk drivers. Callers should be prepared to provide the dispatcher with a description of the vehicle, its location, and direction of travel.

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