Natrona County Aggressively Cracking Down on DUI’s
Labor Day weekend is coming up and for many Americans, that means an extra day off, backyard barbecues and visiting friends and family. Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities.
Starting this weekend, the August Crackdown 2014 will begin and runs Aug. 15 through Sept. 1. Law enforcement will be aggressively targeting drunk drivers as part of a nationwide effort to save lives. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on Natrona County roads.
In 2013, Natrona County had 2,299 vehicle crashes, 161 of which were alcohol related. Four people died in alcohol-related crashes and 83 people were injured. Last year, 593 adults and 29 youths were arrested for DUI.
The average DUI costs more than $12,000, but the personal cost is much greater: Imagine telling your family you were arrested or you may have killed someone in a crash. Imagine blowing into a tube every morning and planning life around a Breathalyzer every night. Imagine having to tell your boss you need to leave in the middle of the work day for a probation appointment. You are now living the DUI Life!
Region #2 Safe Communities, a program of Wyoming Medical Center, wants to remind you that if you are driving buzzed or drunk, you will be arrested. Remember: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.