Casper Police increase officers patrolling on New Year’s Eve

Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 4:48 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper Police Department has plans to increase their presence on the roads for New Year’s Eve and Day to decrease impaired driving incidents.

“You’re gonna see more officers out on the streets looking for those signs of impaired driving, and those additional officers are there and will be able to take the time to conduct traffic stops and look for those impaired drivers,” said CPD Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd.

CPD applies for grants throughout the year with the intention of using the funding to increase the number of officers working on holidays. In areas where large New Year’s festivities are taking place, CPD plans to increase its officer presence to stop impaired driving as quickly as possible.

“Oftentimes, perhaps you’re around that person and you saw them drinking, then saw them get into their car and leave, and perhaps you didn’t say anything but you thought you should. We just really want to encourage our citizens to say something,” said Ladd.

CPD encourages Casperites to talk with their family and friends about not driving after drinking. They stand by the saying ‘buzzed driving is drunk driving’ and encourage people to not get behind the wheel even if they’ve only had one drink. Instead, CPD encourages people to make a plan to get home safe, either with a designated driver or through a cab or rideshare service.

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