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The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are among the most dangerous times to be on the road according to a recent study. DUI arrests nationwide increase by roughly 34% during Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
Fremont County, and Wyoming law enforcement are stepping up their DUI task forces this holiday season.
Locally, Riverton Police Department Captain Todd Byerly says they will be in full force over the holidays,
We will be having extra traffic enforcement during this holiday season. With people travelling over the holidays we want to make sure that everyone arrives their destination safely. We are fortunate that we have a number of officers that focus their traffic enforcement on reducing the amount of DUI’s. We will be in full force during this holiday season. Please, if someone finds that they have had too much to drink, call for a safe and responsible ride.
Last weekend, the Riverton Police Department arrested six people on DUI charges.
Total alcohol fatalities in Wyoming over the past five years have fluctuated. WYDOT’s Highway Safety program indicated there were 40 fatalities in 2017, 32 in 2016, 54 in 2015, 51 in 2014 and 28 in 2013.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Col. Kebin Haller said that statewide, patrolmen will also be stepping up enforcement,
Alcohol impacts a person’s ability to think and function clearly, which is why it’s imperative that people don’t drink and drive. Around the holidays, people typically celebrate with friends and family. We understand people will continue to do that, but just do it safely. Wyoming can bring its alcohol-related crash fatalities down if people drive sober or designate a sober driver.
Those who drink over the holiday are encouraged to plan for a way home in advance. Call a cab, Uber/Lyft, designate a sober driver, or walk home when possible.