Twice as many people were arrested for Driving Under the Influence during this year’s Cheyenne Frontier Days compared to last year. Cheyenne Police Department Spokesperson Dan Long says there were also significantly more traffic citations issued, going from 185 in 2012 to 264 in 2013.
But Long says he does not think there were more people driving drunk and breaking traffic laws, simply that the extra help they got from Casper and Laramie gave Cheyenne a more effective police force, “I think it’s just that we had that increased enforcement effort so we were able to actually put more officers out on the street and get more of those people that were drinking.”
The number of underage drinking citations issued at Frontier Park was cut in half from 32 in 2012 to 16 in 2013 and Long believes enforcement changes made last year made an impact on behavior this year.
“They know that we’re going to be out there,” said Long. “They know that we’re working in plain clothes and that we’re going to be doing compliance checks, so I think that had a lot to do with the decrease in underage drinking.”
Long reports they were happy to see the number of tickets issued for fighting/rude/indecent behavior go down from 13 citation last year to just four this year. Long called it a good indicator that more people were behaving themselves at CFD.