159 vehicles stopped in 18 hours, during Natrona County 4th of July holiday

Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City

As part of a county-wide, multi-agency DUI enforcement operation on the Fourth of July, Natrona County law enforcement stopped 159 vehicles and arrested two drunken drivers. This, according to numbers released by the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

In a written statement from WYDOT, they explain that during an 18 hour operation for the July 4 holiday, focus was placed on impaired drivers. However, area law enforcement also issued 41 speeding tickets and six seat belt citations. In all, WYDOT says that 20 other citations were issued and 60 warnings given. 

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“The holiday fell in the middle of the week so there was not the associated weekend traffic. Despite this, a tremendous amount of traffic enforcement was done by our law enforcement and a mere 1.25 percent of stops amounted to a drunken driver; this was a great effort,” said WYDOT’s Pete Abrams, a law enforcement liaison.

Natrona County law enforcement agencies are working together as part of a county-wide, multi-agency traffic enforcement operation for 2018. The July 4 operation was the fifth of at least six planned operations in Natrona County for the year.

The next operation is scheduled for the Labor Day weekend.
 
WYDOT says 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.
 
Wyoming Medical Center Injury Prevention Traffic Safety are also partners in the campaign, along with WYDOT.