WMC & CC Decalre
by K2 News Desk, email@example.com
There were 35 alcohol related fatalities and 93 alcohol involved crashes on Wyoming roadways last year. 37% of all arrests in the state were for drunken driving.
Now, Wyoming Medical Center and Casper College are teaming up to try and drastically reduce those numbers.
WMC and CC kicked off their "open season" on drunk drivers Tuesday morning, especially targeting young drivers. The program emphasizes that holiday partiers have to think ahead, and make sure they have a safe way to get home.
Speakers discussed how drunk driving puts their lives at risk, as well as everyone else on the road. A Casper attorney also gave an example of how the cost of a drunk driving accident ultimately effects all of us.
"The worst is when some innocent person gets hurt physically, and ends up with a couple thousand dollars in medical bills," said attorney Dallas Laird. "So you have an injured person that owes $200,000 in medical bills, you have a person who is charged with drunk driving that has $25,000 in insurance...Everybody takes bankruptcy and the taxpayers pay the bill."
Speakers also urged the public to call 911 anytime they see a suspected drunk driver.