Governor Aims to Shutout Impaired Driving Statewide

Today, the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving (GCID) will launch the annual statewide impaired driving campaign, kicking off the spring and summer driving season.

This high visibility message runs from May 21 to September 3.

In 2017, there were 668 alcohol involved traffic crashes of which: 34 were fatal crashes with 40 fatalities, 245 injury crashes with 343 people injured, and 389 property damage only crashes, resulting
in an 6% decrease of alcohol involved crashes from 2016.

The highest months for alcohol crashes were July with 65 (10%), August with 66 (10%), September with 66 (10%) and December with 72 (11%).

The weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) make up 56% of
all alcohol-involved crashes and 46% of the alcohol crashes occurred between 9 pm to 3 am.

While the message will be seen statewide, particular emphasis was placed on the three Wyoming counties with the highest incidences of alcohol-related fatalities — Natrona (106), Johnson (101) and
Sweetwater (68).

“When someone makes a deliberate choice to drink and drive and ends up in a crash, that’s not an accident,” said Wyoming Highway Patrol Colonel Kebin Haller. “There is no ‘safe’ amount of alcohol
you can drink before driving and yet, every day in Wyoming, people find themselves at that fork in the road between putting the key in the ignition or making a choice that leads you — and others — to a
safe destination. This is an issue Wyoming State Troopers will continue to address.”

Learn more about the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving at www.wygcid.org