Natrona County Law Enforcement arrests nine drunk drivers during New Year’s weekend

Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City

As part of a county-wide, multi-agency DUI enforcement operation this past New Year’s weekend, Natrona County law enforcement arrested nine drunk drivers between Dec. 28 – Jan. 1.

According to a written statement from the Wyoming Department of Transportation, law enforcement made 136 traffic stops, issued 15 speeding citations, 1 seat belt citation, 55 other citations and issued 27 warning, during the five-day operation. No traffic fatalities were reported.

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Reporting agencies include Casper Police, Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, Evansville Police and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Mills Police records are not included.

Natrona County law enforcement agencies have been working together as part of a county-wide, multi-agency, traffic enforcement operation since 2017. The New Year’s holiday weekend operation was the first of at least six planned operations in Natrona County for 2019. The next operation is scheduled for Super Bowl weekend.

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.

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.