Laramie, Wy – There will be more Wyoming Highway Patrol
troopers on the highways this Labor Day weekend, thanks to a grant
from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The grant is part of a nationwide crackdown on drunken driving.
Across the country, drunken driving fatalities dropped slightly
last year. But in Wyoming, the number increased, from 46 fatalities
in 2003, to 51 fatalities in 2004.
That means drunken driving is responsible for approximately one
in three highway deaths in the state.
Colonel Sam Powell is the administrator of the Wyoming Highway
Patrol. He says the goal of the current crackdown is NOT to get more D-U-I arrests. Instead, troopers hope the increased law enforcement presence helps deter people from drinking and driving.