SHERIDAN, WY— During the 2019 Labor Day holiday, Sheridan County law enforcement will be working overtime to get impaired drivers off the roads and to save lives. This high-visibility enforcement campaign will include additional enforcement from the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office, Sheridan Police Department, and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Law enforcement will show zero tolerance for impaired driving. There will be increased messaging about the dangers of driving impaired and additional law enforcement on the road, who aim to drastically reduce drunk driving.
The statistics prove that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving. Nationally, 10,874 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2017. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2013 to 2017—one person was killed in drunk driving crashes every 48 minutes in 2017. This is why Sheridan County Law Enforcement is working to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death.
As you head out to Labor Day holiday, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drunk driving isn’t the only danger on the road. Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem on our roads. If drivers are impaired by any substance—alcohol or drugs—they should never get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Driving while impaired is illegal, period.
The bottom line is this: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. Drive High Get a DUI. It’s that simple. “It will be a busy travel weekend as we enjoy the last days of summer with our family and friends, so let’s make sure we take our time, buckle up and never drive impaired,” said Sheriff Allen Thompson of the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office.
“We all want to make those important holiday gatherings, so do your part and help us in law enforcement keep the road free from drunk driving” said Sheriff Thompson. Sheridan County law enforcement recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:
- 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 Sheridan County law enforcement or dial 911.
- Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.