CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Highway Patrol said on Thursday, Oct. 8 that a total of 102 people have died due to injuries sustained in vehicle crashes so far this year.
Of those fatalities, 32 have involved alcohol or drug impaired driving.
“Impaired driving continues to be a leading cause of fatal vehicle crashes within Wyoming,” the WHP said. “The average blood alcohol concentration of an impaired driving arrest is .15%, almost twice the legal limit, as shown in the annual report on crime provided by the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police.”
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Wyoming Driver Services saw a 23% increase in DUI Administration Suspensions in September compared to 2019, with 85 actions still pending.
“New law enforcement officers go through extensive training before hitting the road on their own,” the WHP said. “This week at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, the State Impaired Driving Program Training team has been busy teaching new officers the importance of Impaired Driving enforcement.”
“The main focus is training the new officers on how to properly administer Standard Field Sobriety Tests used by law enforcement officers across the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nationally validates these tests. Volunteers participate in live alcohol workshops and are utilized to provide the new officers real-life training in a controlled environment. Remember, if you have been drinking, have a sober designated driver. Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving! If You Feel Different, You Drive Different!”