Fremont County Law Enforcement arrests 11 drunk drivers during July 4 weekend; no fatalities recorded

As part of the county-wide, multi-agency seat belt and DWUI enforcement operation “Zero Deaths, Zero DUIs” this past weekend, Fremont County law enforcement arrested 11 drunk drivers July 1-4. During the four-day operation, area law enforcement made 674 traffic stops, issued 218 speeding citations, 11 seat belt citations, one child restraint citation, 109 other citations, and issued 413 warnings. There were no traffic fatalities reported over the weekend. There were 16 crashes reported, along with two parades worked by county law enforcement. Lander Police Sgt. Alan L. McOmie said, "overall, it was a pretty good 4th of July weekend. Our stats are down, and people are being a lot more responsible with alcohol consumption. We are seeing more and more marijuana, with more visitors coming from Colorado." Lander Police arrested three people for marijuana possession, and McOmie said there were five minor-in-possession of alcohol arrests in Lander over the weekend. Fremont County law enforcement agencies were working together July 1-4 as part of a county-wide, multi-agency seat belt and DWUI enforcement operation, “Zero Deaths, Zero DUIs.” 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 seat 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 42 fatalities on Wyoming roads as of June 30. So far, Wyoming is experiencing fewer fatalities in 2016 when in comparison with 2015. The 42 fatalities through June is a significant reduction when compared to the 66 fatalities through June 2015. Wyoming experienced 39 fatal crashes resulting in 42 fatalities in the first six months of 2016. Eighteen fatalities were from single vehicle rollover crashes, 11 were multi-vehicle crashes, seven were from motorcycle crashes, three were with a fixed object, two involved pedestrians and one involved an ATV. Thirty of these crashes involved a vehicle equipped with restraint options (seat belt or child restraint capability). 23 of those 30 crashes involved a fatality not using a restraint when a restraint was an option. Alcohol is also playing a factor in 2016 fatal crashes, with nine fatalities being alcohol related deaths. Along with the ongoing 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. #county10 #news #wydot