Increased Patrols coming for St. Pat's Day

[image: Inline image 3] (Fremont County, Wyo.) - St. Patrick's Day is this Thursday and, as always, Fremont County law enforcement will be looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or not wearing safety belts. However, during the St. Patrick’s Day and weekend festivities, March 17-20, local agencies will be increasing patrols and efforts. Fremont County law enforcement agencies will be working together as part of the countywide, multi-agency safety belt and DUI enforcement operation “Zero Deaths, Zero DUIs” over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. “We think it’s especially important to put in an extra effort during holidays where alcohol is involved,” said Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee of Riverton. “Because of this, expect to see Fremont County Law Enforcement everywhere this St. Patrick’s Day and the following weekend.” Fremont County had 17 traffic fatalities in 2015 and 71 percent of the total, involved alcohol and/or drugs. Fremont County’s traffic fatality rate is four times the national average for a population of its size. This is a significant increase from the 13 traffic fatalities in 2014, where only 25 percent of the deadly crashes were drug/alcohol related. The Fremont County Coroner’s Office reports that drugs and/or alcohol use was the No. 1 contributing factor in accidental deaths at 65 percent (26 of 40 deaths) in 2015. The purpose of the enhanced enforcement operation is to educate drivers about DUI laws and to remind people it’s never safe to drive impaired. Law enforcement looks to reinforce the importance of wearing safety belts and to enforce the state’s zero-tolerance stance toward impaired driving. Agencies staffing the Fremont County operation include the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Lander Police Department, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Riverton Police Department, Shoshoni Police Department, Wyoming State Park Rangers and the Wind River Police Department. Partners in the Zero Deaths, Zero DUIs campaign include Injury Prevention Resources and Wyoming Department of Transportation. According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol there have been nine fatalities on Wyoming roads as of March 7. Most were not wearing safety belts. Along with the 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. Funding for the impaired driving, safety belt campaign is possible through a federal grant secured by the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s highway safety office. #county10 #news #WYDOT