Plan a Safe Way Home This 4th of July
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 2, 2018
Drive sober, or get pulled over.
That’s the catch phrase for a nationwide campaign that local law enforcement will be participating in this week in an effort to keep motorists and pedestrians safe this 4th of July holiday.
Working in conjunction with agencies across the state, Police Chief Chuck Baker says Cody Police Officers will be conducting high visibility patrols and additional traffic enforcement, and strongly recommend that drivers plan a safe way home before indulging in alcohol during the Stampede Celebration.
Statistically, the 4th of July holiday is the deadliest holiday for traffic-related deaths in the nation. Nearly 50% of those deadly crashes involve drunk drivers. From 2013 through 2017, there were a total of 29 injury crashes in Wyoming during the week of July 4th, according to statistics from the Wyoming Highway Department’s Highway Safety Program.
On a positive note, however, injury crashes involving alcohol decreased by almost 26 percent during the July 4 week compared to the previous week, showing motorists appear to be paying attention to public safety campaigns and law enforcement efforts.
Chief Baker points out that there are many alternative transportation options available in the area, such as the Cody Town Taxi or Cody Cab; the Tipsy Taxi program that offers a voucher for a free local cab ride; or the Uber mobile app. Additionally, Baker says that Eagle Recovery and Triple A are offering a free tow and ride home between 6:00 PM on July 4 and 6:00 AM on July 5.