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Law enforcement ups St. Patrick's Day patrolling

Mar 7, 2013 - Staff

Fremont County law enforcement agencies will enhance patrols during the upcoming St. Patrick's Day weekend in mid-March.

"If you're going to drink during this holiday, make sure you have a designated driver," Fremont County Deputy Sheriff Arnie Zertuche said in a press release.

St. Patrick's Day is Sunday, March 17.

Zertuche said enhanced law enforcement efforts will include officers from the Fremont County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming Highway Patrol, and Riverton and Lander police departments.

"We want everyone to stay safe during the St. Patrick's Day weekend (March 15-17) and other times as well," Zertuche said.

"With so many people out at parties or bars, there's the potential for more drunk drivers to be out on the roads."

She pointed out that St. Patrick's Day falls on a weekend this year.

"Weekends are consistently when a higher number of alcohol-related crashes occur," Zertuche said.

"Don't ruin your holiday or someone else's. Don't drive if you've been drinking. If you or a friend have had too much to drink, call a cab or get a ride home from someone who is sober."

She reminded citizens that "buzzed driving is drunk driving."

According to reports, there were 35 alcohol-related fatalities on Wyoming roads in 2011.

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