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10 impaired drivers arrested during St. Patrick’s Day enforcement operation

Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Transportation has released numbers in a Natrona County-wide, multi-agency Impaired Driving Enforcement Operation over St. Patrick’s weekend. 10 impaired drivers were arrested and taken into custody

WYDOT says that the 10 impaired drivers were among 263 vehicles stopped

“Activity was curtailed by precautions taken concerning the COVID-19 virus,” WYDOT said in a statement on Thursday, March 26. “While the focus was on impaired drivers, law enforcement also issued 28 speeding citations and issued 88 warnings for traffic violations. There were no fatal crashes reported.”

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The St. Patrick’s operation was the third of six planned county-wide, multi-agency, traffic enforcement operations in 2020.

WYDOT says that the next effort will be Click it or Ticket seat belt enforcement in May.

“The purpose of the operations is to reduce fatal crashes in Natrona County through the 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 seat belt enforcement,” WYDOT Said.

Along with this enhanced enforcement effort, the Wyoming Highway Patrol says they are 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.