Cheyenne – From July 24th to mid-night on July 31st, the Wyoming Highway Patrol joins other Highway Patrol and State Police agencies serving the Interstate 80 corridor across the U.S. who will be cracking down on drivers who are speeding, driving drunk or distracted, or not wearing a seat belt, with the goal of achieving a zero fatality rate for the eight-day period.
We must band together to get drunk drivers off our roads and protect our citizens by continuing to aggressively conduct safety initiatives such as the "I-80 Challenge Highway Safety Initiative".
As we approach mid-summer and motorists hit the road, local law enforcement personnel across the Nation will be out on the front lines in the battle against drunk driving.
It is a war well worth fighting. Drunk driving continues to be one of the most deadly and harmful crimes in America today. Each year, drunk drivers are involved in crashes that take the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.
NHTSA advises that in 2011, there were 9,878 fatalities on America’s highways in which drunk drivers were involved. That works out to 31 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities for the year -- about an average of one fatality every 53 minutes.
The deadly tally these highway statistics present is impossible to ignore. America’s law enforcement professionals are, and must be; ready to take up the challenge of continuing to crack down on drunk driving year round, not only with a special emphasis on holiday periods.
Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. During the July 24th thru July 31st initiative period extra Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers will be on Patrol not just on Interstate 80 but on primary and secondary roadways as well.
Joining the "I-80 Challenge Highway Safety Initiative" is a testament to Wyoming Highway Patrol's commitment to public safety in our State.
As of today no fatalities have been investigated by Wyoming Troopers on Interstate 80 since the start of the campaign. With just hours left until the campaign ends Troopers continue to remind motorists to drive safely.