Sheridan County law enforcement is out to stop impaired driving at this year’s WYO Rodeo and Street Dance

July 5, 2019

The Sheridan WYO Rodeo is a time when friends and family come together to celebrate their western heritage and hometown spirit. Many who grew up in Sheridan County return home for the weekend, others come from all reaches of the world to experience some of the best rodeo around and explore Sheridan. With that come many opportunities to imbibe. 

Beginning Monday, July 8 and running through Sunday, July 14, local law enforcement will have an increased presence throughout the city and county. The Sheridan Police Department, Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) will have zero tolerance for drunk driving or DUI-related activities during rodeo week.  

“It is our mission to provide a safe and enjoyable experience during rodeo week,” said WHP Capt. Jason Green. “Driving drunk, buzzed driving or other forms of impaired driving will not be tolerated.” 

In addition to the increased presence on the streets, county roads and state highways, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has increased its public relations and outreach efforts.

A 60-second video featuring local law enforcement representatives was created to run on local television and radio stations, and social media outlets. This video will also play on the video board at the rodeo. Additional Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving messaging will be placed at the rodeo grounds and at the parade.

“We are not discouraging celebrating, we are encouraging making wise choices, choosing designated drivers or arranging for rides to and from this week’s events,” said WYDOT Public Involvement Specialist Laura Dalles. “Our tag line for the campaign is -- You can get WYO’d, just don’t get slammed.” 

There are a number of transportation alternatives available to the public at little or no cost. The Sheridan Police Department will provide a free ride program from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursday, July 11 at the corner of Gould and Loucks, and from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday at Alger and Main Street. 

More information about the SPD’s free ride program is available on its Facebook page and website.  Other alternatives are Safe Ride, Uber or local taxi companies.