JACKSON, Wyo. — This New Year’s Weekend, additional law enforcement will patrol the roads in Teton County and across the state with the specific purpose of detecting and apprehending impaired drivers.

The Jackson Police Department is reminding the public what they can do to stay safe while traveling this weekend.

“For those who will be drinking, please plan ahead to have a sober ride home,” said Jackson Police Department. “Law enforcement partners will be out in full force to keep impaired drivers off the roadways.”

Besides driving sober or having a designated driver, motorists can take additional steps to stay safe when traveling. They can: 

  • Call a taxi or ride service if they’ve been drinking.
  • Ensure all guests at their party leave with a sober driver.
  • Always wear seat belts to protect themselves against impaired drivers.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated almost 29 people each day die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes.  In Wyoming, a driver is considered impaired with a .08 percent or above blood-alcohol content.  A driver deciding to drive impaired is not only risking their life but the lives of everyone around them.  The consequences for driving impaired include fines, legal fees, driver license revocation and even jail time.

Motorists can also stay safe and get the latest road and travel conditions by downloading WYDOT’s 511 app for their smartphones at wyoroad.info.

Photo: U.S.D.O.T.

Additionally, the town reminds the public that vehicles parked on town streets or in town parking lots after 2 a.m. will be ticketed and may be towed.  For those going out for the evening, the Town of Jackson encourages folks to plan for the possibility of parking. Overnight parking is permitted in the parking structure located at Milward Street and Simpson Ave. Vehicles are allowed to park in the garage for up to 48 hours. 

“Everyone at the Town of Jackson, the Jackson Police Department and START Bus wish you a very safe, happy and multimodal holiday season!”

START Bus encourages you to consider supporting the reduction of traffic and safe driving throughout the year – ride the bus, walk, or rideshare. Check www.startbus.com for details on all routes, schedules and fees or contact START Bus directly at (307) 733-4521.