Safe St. Patrick's Day Weekend | Big Horn Basin Media

Safe St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Written by on March 23, 2017

No fatalities were reported on Wyoming highways during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Although that holiday usually sees an increase in drunk driving accidents and fatalities, the Wyoming Highway Patrol says that no fatal accidents occurred due to impaired driving during the three day period. From March 17th through March 19th, Highway Patrol Troopers conducted 1,139 traffic stops. From those stops, 17 impaired drivers were arrested.

The Highway Patrol reports that Troopers were primarily focused on identifying impaired drivers and other violations that impact highway safety such as nonuse of child and occupant restraints, speeding and other moving violations.

Troopers used federal highway safety grant DUI overtime funds during that time to increase law enforcement presence. Over the weekend, 443 citations for speeding were issued and 65 seat belts violations were cited.

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