SHERIDAN, WY— For the 89th Sheridan WYO Rodeo and Street Dance, Sheridan County Law Enforcement teamed up as part of a county-wide, multi-agency Impaired Driving Enforcement Operation. The Sheridan Police Department, Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Highway Patrol stopped a combined 850 vehicles and arrested 15 impaired drivers during this year’s events.
During this year’s WYO Rodeo and Street Dance the focus was on impaired drivers, but area law enforcement also made 22 arrests for controlled substances, issued 178 citations and handed out 696 warnings. There were no fatal crashes reported in Sheridan County during the events.
Sheridan County law enforcement agencies are working together as part of a county-wide, multi-agency, traffic enforcement effort for 2019. The WYO Rodeo and Street Dance operation was the second of at least three planned operations in Sheridan County for this year. The next operation is scheduled for the Labor Day weekend.
The purpose of the operations is to reduce fatal crashes in Sheridan 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.
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 1-800-442-9090 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.