Cody Police Arrest Three Drivers for DUI on Holiday Weekend
Written by Andrew-Rossi on January 4, 2022
Two Cody residents were arrested on New Year’s Eve for D.U.I. as part of a statewide “Drive Sober or Pull Over” holiday initiative to keep Wyoming roads safe.
Over the holiday weekend, Wyoming’s officers, deputies, and troopers worked together to take drunk drivers off the roads. The roads and highways in Wyoming were staffed with additional law enforcement to detect and apprehend impaired drivers in Cody and elsewhere. It’s part of a nationwide initiative simply titled “Drive Sober or Pull Over.”
In a December press release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Colonel Kebin Haller said, “Let’s end 2021 and welcome 2022 on a good note and work together to ensure that no one dies on our roads or highways from this preventable crime.”
Unfortunately, two Cody residents were arrested for D.U.I. – one on New Year’s Eve and one in the early morning of New Year’s Day.
The Cody Police Department conducted several traffic stops over the weekend. Most of the drivers stopped were given warnings – speeding, texting and driving, headlights, or taillights not working.
At, 10:24 p.m. on Dec. 31, a resident was arrested on Bleistein Avenue for Failure to Stop at a stop sign and Driving Under the Influence. Another driver was arrested for D.U.I. at Conifer Lane and Yellowstone Avenue at 12:15 a.m. – just 15 minutes after midnight.
Another driver was arrested for D.U.I. on New Year’s Day. However, the arrest occurred at 11:36 p.m. that evening.
Overall, there were three D.U.I. arrests in Cody over the holiday weekend.
Cody wasn’t the only town looking for intoxicated drivers. In Greybull, a minor was arrested for D.W.U.I. and Minor in Possession of Alcohol on New Year’s Eve. The minor was in the county jail for three days.
According to W.Y.D.O.T., there were 722 alcohol-involved crashes in Wyoming during 2020. Of these crashes, 33 were fatal, and 38 people died.
These preventable alcohol-involved crashes accounted for 30% of Wyoming’s 127 total traffic fatalities in 2020.
Driver safety was of particular importance during the holiday season, but the effort to prevent drunk driving is of year-round importance. If an intoxicated person is poised to make a wrong decision, it’s up to friends and family to ensure they don’t hurt themselves or anyone else.
If you’re the designated driver, make sure you keep that promise of safety to yourself and your passengers. Support other designated drivers and take the role of a designated driver seriously — people are relying on you.
Wyoming 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, cab or rideshare to get home safely.
- If available, use your community’s SafeRide ride program.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact law enforcement directly or dial 911.
- Do you have a friend or family member who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and plan to get them home safely.