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MADD: Wyoming Receives C-Minus

The table below displays how MADD rated Wyoming's highway safety from drunk drivers. Listed is the category, it's grade, strengths in current laws and goals MADD suggests Wyoming should reach for.

MADD Wyoming Report Card: C—

Category

Grade

Strengths

Challenges

State Political
Leadership:

Governer
Legislature




B-
D

Governer Geringer supports anti-DUI issues such as open container. Legislature has passed zero tolerance and some stricter DUI penalties.

Need much more support from Legislature for anti-DUI issues. state lacks most basic and important laws inclding: .08 BAC, primary safety belt, open container, GDL, vehicle and repeat offender sanctions, high BAC driver penalties, felony DUI and child endangerment.

Statistics & Records

B-

Has mandatory testing for surviving drivers in fatal crashes.

Needs mandatory testing for killed drivers & mandatory hospital BAC reporting. Need to track repeat offenders & illegal sales to minors.

Law Enforcement

C-

Conducts high visibility enforcement campaigns during holidays. Training includes SFST and DRE. Officers use PBTs and in-vehicle cameras.

Need to conduct sob. checkpoints with PI&E program regularly. Training should include death and notification.

Administrative Measures/Criminal Sanctions

C-

Has ALR and anti-plea bargaining laws.

Needs .08 BAC, primary safety belt, vehicle conf/forfeit., mand. alc. assess/treat., high BAC driver penalties and ignition interlock.

Regulatory Control/Availability

C

Investigates last point of sale and conducts ongoing age 21 enforcement programs.

Needs keg reg., req’d server training, restrictions on happy hour promotions and more ABC enforcement officers.

Youth Legislation, Prevention & Education

C-

Has PI&E program directed at underage drivers and age 21 enforcement programs at state and local level.

Needs GDL law, model 21 MDA law and mandated school-based alcohol education program.

Victim Issues

C-

Legislation enacted in 1998 reduced fragmentation of victim services.

Needs Victims’ Rights Const. Amend. and child endangerment law.

Laws

D-

Has only 13 of 32 key laws and only 3 priority laws. Has adopted 1 key law since 1996.

Needs .08 BAC law, primary belt law, GDL, ignition interlock, mand. alc. assess/treat. and increased penalties for repeat offenders, high BAC drivers (.16 or higher) and DWS.

Fatality Trends

B-

Alcohol positive drivers involved in fatal crashes decreased 15.7.% from 1993/95 to 1996/98. Testing rate of killed drivers much higher than the national average.

Percentage of total traffic fatalities A/R higher than the national average. Testing rate of surviving drivers less than 50%.



1998 Traffic Deaths & Injuries & Their Costs

Total Traffic Crash Deaths

154

Total Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths

68

Percentage of Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths

44.1%

Annual Cost of Alcohol-Related Crashes

$300,000,000

Cost per Alcohol-Related Fatal Crash

$2,900,000

Cost of Alcohol-Related Crashes per Licensed Driver

$850