As part of the county-wide multi-agency Click it or Ticket enforcement operation this past holiday weekend, Fremont County law enforcement wrote 209 speeding tickets, arrested four drunk drivers and investigated one injury crash.
During the four-day operation, area law enforcement made 643 traffic stops, issued 209 speeding citations, 14 seat belt citations, 5 child restraint citations, 82 other citations and issued 323 warnings. There were no traffic fatalities reported over the weekend.
“We wrote a lot speeders but they all were buckled and not one driver was impaired,” said Shoshoni Police Chief Jim Litz. “We wish people would slow down and obey the posted speeds, but fortunately we had no crashes in Shoshoni.”
Fremont County law enforcement agencies have completed three multi-agency traffic safety operations in 2016, and another three are planned for the remainder of the year. The next operation will be over the 4th of July weekend, a particularly busy time in Fremont County.
The purpose of the Click it or Ticket enforcement operation is to educate drivers about safety belts and to remind people it’s always better to buckle up. Fremont County 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 Click it or Ticket campaign include Injury Prevention Resources and Wyoming Department of Transportation.
According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, there have been 24 fatalities on Wyoming roads to date.
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.
Funding for the impaired driving and seat belt campaigns is possible through a federal grant secured by the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office.