Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This Holiday Season

The Sheridan Police Department will be out looking for drunk drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization. Beginning on Friday, December 16 and continuing into the New Year, Sheridan’s police department will be stepping up their enforcement, watching closely for any impaired drivers to keep roads safe for holiday travelers.

With the excitement of holiday parties and celebrations, more and more drivers are taking to the roadways inebriated. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that any decision to drive while intoxicated can have serious, even fatal consequences. Nationally in 2015, 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 29% (10,265) died in crashes in which the vehicle’s driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of more than the limit of .08.

Those who choose to drive under the influence are not only risking their lives, and the lives of others, but will face steep legal consequences. Drunk drivers often serve jail time, lose their driver’s license, and are charged higher insurance rates while paying dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work.

The Sheridan Police Department recommends several safe alternatives to drinking and driving. They urge people to plan a safe ride home before having fun by designating a sober driver or calling a taxi. Drivers could also inquire if their point of consumption is a member of Sheridan’s local Tipsy Taxi program, download the Drive Sober Wyoming mobile app, and assist their intoxicated peers who are considering getting behind the wheel.

In addition, the Wyoming Highway Patrol advises 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 any suspected drunk drivers. Callers should be prepared to provide the dispatcher with a description of the vehicle, its location, and its direction of travel.

Sheridan’s police force wants residents to keep in mind that it is never safe to drink and drive. They will be looking for drunk drivers constantly. Drive sober or get pulled over.

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