July 4 weekend: 8 impaired driving arrests in Natrona

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CASPER, Wyo. — Over the July 4 weekend, law enforcement agencies in Natrona County made 378 traffic stops and arrested 8 impaired drivers.

“As part of a county-wide, multi-agency Impaired Driving Enforcement Operation this past July 4th weekend, Natrona County law enforcement stopped 378 vehicles and arrested 8 impaired drivers,” the Wyoming Department of Transportation said on July 11.

The focus of the operation was to crack down on impaired drivers, but WYDOT says that 65 speeding and 8 safety belt citations were also issued along with 189 warnings.

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“There were no fatal crashes reported in Natrona County over the holiday,” the release adds.

Six multi-agency operations were planned for 2019 with the next to occur over Labor Day weekend.

The agencies involved include the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the Natrona County Sheriff’s Department, the Casper Police Department, the Mills Police Department and the Evansville Police Department.

“The purpose of the operations is to reduce fatal crashes in Natrona County through enforcement of impaired driving and seatbelt laws,” WYDOT added. “Focused enforcement efforts will be surrounded by a media campaign that will stress law enforcements zero-tolerance stance on impaired driving and commitment to seatbelt enforcement.”

“Along with this 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.”