Law Enforcement made 266 traffic stops over holiday; 4 DWUI

Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City

As part of a county-wide, multi-agency DUI enforcement operation over the Labor Day holiday, Natrona County law enforcement stopped 266 vehicles and arrested four drunken drivers.

In a 3-day operation over the long holiday weekend the focus was on impaired drivers, but area law enforcement also issued 40 speeding tickets and 14 seat belt citations. In all, 83 other citations were issued and 44 warnings given.

“It was the last long weekend of the summer and although too many, 4-DUI arrests is fairly low,” said Pete Abrams, law enforcement liaison for WYDOT. “ The most important thing is there were no fatality crashes,” Abrams said.

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Natrona County law enforcement agencies are working together as part of a county-wide, multi-agency traffic enforcement operation for 2018. The Labor Day weekend operation was the last of six planned operations in Natrona County for the year. Operations for 2019 will begin New Years’ Eve.

WYDOT officials say the purpose of the operations is to reduce fatal crashes in Natrona County through enforcement of impaired driving and seatbelt laws. 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.

Agencies staffing the Natrona County operations include the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Casper Police Department, Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, Mills Police Department and the Evansville Police Department.

Partners in the campaign include Wyoming Medical Center Injury Prevention Traffic Safety and the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

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 (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.