This July 4 Weekend, There’s No Excuse— “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” by Fremont County Law Enforcement

(Fremont County, Wyo.) - From July 1-5, Fremont County Law Enforcement will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign in an effort to save lives by cracking down on drunk driving. Every year, Americans head out on our nation’s highways to celebrate the Fourth of July at picnics, parties, parades and more. For many, the celebrating includes drinking alcohol, which too often leads to drunk driving on one of the most heavily traveled holidays of the year. There were 397 people killed in U.S. motor vehicle crashes in 2014 over the Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 3rd to 5:59 a.m. July 7th). Of those fatalities, 164 people (41%) were killed in crashes involving a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes nationwide—almost a third of all crash fatalities. And from 2010-2014, 39 percent of all traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. In every state, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Yet, among the 164 people killed in drunk-driving crashes over the 2014 July Fourth period, 113 people died in crashes involving at least one driver with a BAC of .15 or higher—almost twice the set limit. This Fourth of July, Fremont County Law Enforcement will be out in full force, cracking down on drunk drivers by aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger. “Don’t even think about drinking and driving this Fourth of July, or you will be arrested,” said Sgt. John Zerga of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office. “The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving—no excuses.” If you’re caught driving drunk this Independence Day weekend or any other day, you will be arrested. The consequences of drunk driving are that serious. Not only could you put your life and the lives of others at risk, but a DUI arrest means a loss of freedom and money, including going to jail, losing your license, and paying steep financial expenses. The average DUI cost? About $10,000. It also carries the embarrassment and stigma of telling your friends and family about your DUI. “This Fourth of July, don’t risk killing someone or losing your life or your independence by drinking and driving. Help make everyone’s holiday in Fremont County safer by driving sober, said Sgt. Zerga. “Remember,” Zerga warned, “there’s no excuse—Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Fremont County Law Enforcement recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving. - Plan a safe way home before the fun begins. - Designate a sober driver or use public transportation to get home safely. - Download the Drive Sober Wyoming mobile app on your smart phone at - Call a cab or use a community’s sober ride program. - If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact Fremont County Law Enforcement at 332-5611 or 856-7200. - If you know people who are about to drive or ride after drinking, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to travel to where they are going safely. 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. As of this release, there have been 39 traffic deaths in Wyoming in 2016, compared to 65 this time last year. #county10 #news #wydot