Americans celebrate the birth and freedoms of this great country on July 4. Before you head out to celebrate, make sure you plan for a sober way home. Fremont County law enforcement officers are taking part in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign during the Fourth of July holiday week, June 29-July 5, to put an end to drunk driving.
Fremont County law enforcement officers are dedicated to protecting the lives of residents, and drivers will see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.
During the 2016 July 4 holiday (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 188 people were killed nationally in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This is a 28 percent increase from 2015, during which 146 people were killed during the same holiday period. That’s 188 families who will forever remember Independence Day with a heavy heart and nightmarish memories.
“It’s important that our community understands the safety and financial risks they take when they drink and drive,” said Lt. Wes Romero of the Riverton Police Department. “It is not acceptable to operate a vehicle after you’ve been drinking. Doing so endangers you and everyone on the road. If you’re heading to July 4 parties this summer, remember this: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
“We all know that drinking and driving is wrong and it’s illegal,” said Lt. Romero. “Some people just aren’t getting it, and thousands of people are dying as a result of drunk driving each year. We will be patrolling over the long July 4 weekend, and we will accept zero excuses.”
Prepare for the Fourth
This July 4, Fremont County law enforcement officers urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, don’t drive.
Remember these tips for a safe night on the roads:
- Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact law enforcement.
- Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
- Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately (REDDI) hotline number (800) 442-9090 to report suspected drunk drivers.
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For more information, contact:
Injury Prevention Resources
303 North Broadway Ave. Riverton, WY 82501