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Military to Collaborate with Wyoming Cops in Drunk Driving Crackdown

Published: September 29, 2011
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Source: Wyoming Tribune

CHEYENNE — In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, F.E. Warren Air Force Base will collaborate with state and local governments and law enforcement to cut down on underage and irresponsible drinking, officials announced Tuesday.

The $300,000-per-year program, funded with federal dollars, will step up education and enforcement efforts to combat alcohol use among minors and abuse among adults, Gov. Matt Mead said at a State Capitol press conference alongside Cheyenne Police Chief Brian Kozak and Col. Christopher Coffelt, commander of the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren.

Alcohol was involved in 79 percent of the 19,000 arrests Wyoming law officers made in 2010, and it’s the leading cause of vehicle crashes and deaths of young people in the state, according to Kozak.

“Wyoming has a problem with arrests and alcohol-related arrests,” Mead said. “We have too many kids who are underage who are using alcohol, and we frankly have too many adults who are not responsible using alcohol. And that is a detriment to the state of Wyoming.

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