Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving launches new video today

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (RELEASE) - As part of ongoing efforts to bring attention to the consequences of impaired driving, the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving (GCID) is releasing a video message today, March 12, developed in partnership with the Wyoming Department of Corrections. The video can be accessed here: https://vimeo.com/323210943

Every single day in Wyoming, someone gets behind the wheel, drunk or high, and risks the safety of everyone around them. Some people may not consider the consequences, assuming, “it will never happen to me.”

In 2018, there were 697 alcohol-involved traffic crashes of which 32 were fatal crashes and 270 were injury crashes. This represents a 4% increase in alcohol-involved crashes from 2017.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures for highway deaths caused by drunk driving are sobering. The worst states, per capita, are Wyoming, South Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, and Alabama, as compiled by Safewise.com. Wyoming, which ranked eighth in 2016, rose to the top of the list in 2017 and replaced Montana as the worst per capita state for drunk driving fatalities in the nation. To draw attention to the consequences of driving impaired in Wyoming, GCID is launching a video featuring Joseph Campbell, an inmate housed at the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton, speaking about what he’s lost because of his decision to drive while impaired. In 2016, Campbell was involved in an aggravated homicide by motor vehicle, driving while under the influence and causing serious bodily injury. One of the three people he killed was the mother of his two children and the other two victims were his friends.

“Alcohol and drugs can affect your judgement, depth perception, and the vital motor skills required to drive safely,” said Wyoming Highway Patrol Colonel Kebin Haller. “Drunk driving is not only a moral issue, but a crime, and the solution to this problem does not just rest in the hands of law enforcement. Every licensed driver in Wyoming has the ability to make a conscious choice not to drive impaired. There is always a better option. Keep our roadways safe by not drinking and driving.”
Learn more about the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving at www.wygcid.org