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As fall has arrived and winter weather becomes more frequent by the day, a few standard driving safety tips could be very helpful while traveling on Wyoming highways. Speed is always a key factor in staying safe. The slower you go in adverse road conditions, the safer you are. Slowing down increases your time to react if you were to lose control of your vehicle. Decreasing your speed also lowers the severity of a crash if you were to become involved in one. 
 
If a highway is dry and you are approaching a bridge deck, be cognizant that the bridge deck could be icy even if the road approaching the bridge is dry. Bridge decks stay cooler then a roadway as there is no ground underneath them to retain heat. Cruise control on snow and ice covered roads is not your friend. Your cruise control can result in an unanticipated loss of traction between your vehicle and the roadway during inclement weather. Always have your cruise control off when driving during adverse road conditions. Let your antilock braking systems (ABS) do their job if you start to slide on ice and snow. You cannot pump your brakes faster than your ABS does for you. 
 
Please observe road closures when they are in place as the road is closed for your safety. Although the road may appear to be just fine where you and the road closure gate are, conditions or some other event, such as a crash blocking all lanes of travel, are further down the highway making it hazardous. Remember to slow down and/or move over for our emergency responders at roadside to help keep them and you safe as well. Secondary crashes into prior crash scenes are one of the most dangerous hazards our first responders face. Practicing patience when the weather turns bad and asking yourself before leaving on your trip if driving in the poor conditions is truly worth the risk of becoming involved in a crash are two key practices in staying safe when hazardous road conditions exist. Drive safe Wyoming, and have a great fall and winter season.      
 
 

 


ROAD & TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • For Road & Travel Information call:

    IN-STATE:  511 OR  1-888-WYO-ROAD (996-7623)

    OUT OF STATE: 1-888- WYO-ROAD (996-7623) 

TO REPORT A DRUNK DRIVER OR AN EMERGENCY

  • To contact the Patrol in an emergency or to Report a Drunk Driver:

    IN STATE CALL: 1-800-442-9090

    OUT OF STATE  CALL: 1-307-777-4321  

     

LINCOLN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT TEAM UP FOR SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK

LINCOLN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT TEAM UP FOR SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK

Date: 10/21/2014 

Lincoln County law enforcement teamed up for school bus safety last week to help educate school children about the importance of being safe in and around school buses. During the safety week, all of the elementary schools in Lincoln County School District #2 were taken to the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Afton to learn more about school bus safety. Approximately 3000 students attended during the week. Troopers from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Officers from the Afton Police Department were in attendance to spend time with and help educate the...

SCHOOL BUS CRASH ON WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION

SCHOOL BUS CRASH ON WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION

Date: 10/20/2014 

On October 16th, at approximately 1:40 p.m., a school bus belonging to Shoshone Arapaho Head Start was southbound on WY 132 in Fremont County on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The school bus left the roadway on the right side of a left hand curve for an unknown reason, the driver steered the bus back onto the road, over-corrected, and the bus rolled 1 1/4 times coming to rest in the roadway.   On the bus were four adults and 13 small children aged one and two years of age. Three of the adults were not belted and two of them were injured. The driver of the bus, Riah Roselle Shakespeare (35 years...

NEVER FORGOTTEN, NEVER ALONE

NEVER FORGOTTEN, NEVER ALONE

Date: 10/13/2014 

WE REMEMBER PATROLMAN PETE VISSER AND TROOPER CHRIS LOGSDON.  On October 09th, 1981, Patrolman Pete Visser was investigating a crash when the parked patrol car he was seated in was struck from behind by a drunk driver in a pickup truck. Patrolman Visser suffered critical head and neck injuries from the crash. Patrolman Visser succumbed to his injuries the next day, October 12th. Patrolman Visser was the first patrolman of the Wyoming Highway Patrol to die in the line of duty since the agency was formed in 1933. Patrolman Visser’s ultimate sacrifice is never forgotten. On October 13th, 1998, Trooper...

TROOPER BASIC #86. CONTINUING A PROUD TRADITION.

TROOPER BASIC #86. CONTINUING A PROUD TRADITION.

Date: 10/08/2014 

TROOPER BASIC #86 PARTICIPATED IN HIGH RISK TRAFFIC STOP TRAINING ON OCTOBER 8TH. THESE TROOPERS WILL BE COMMISSIONED IN NOVEMBER AND HITTING THE ROAD SOON. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN CONTINUE IN THE PATROL'S PROUD TRADITION, VISIT OUR CAREERS AND RECRUITMENT LINK AT http://www.whp.dot.state.wy.us/home/trooper--careersrecruiting.html. 

SHERIDAN PORT OF ENTRY OFFICER RECOGNIZED WITH "RARE BREED" AWARD

SHERIDAN PORT OF ENTRY OFFICER RECOGNIZED WITH "RARE BREED" AWARD

Date: 10/01/2014 

Wyoming Highway Patrol Colonel John Butler presented Sheridan / Dietz Port of Entry Special Officer Andy Harkins the "Rare Breed" award on September 30th, 2014. Officer Harkins was presented the award for his actions on July 23rd, 2014 when he stopped on his way to work and rendered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) aid to a man having a medical issue on Wyoming Highway 345 near Sheridan. Upon the arrival of emergency medical services, Officer Harkins continued to assist by helping direct traffic around the incident.    A white buffalo is considered a rare event, and was held in a place of special...

Although the Patrol's first official day of existence was June 1, 1933, its roots go back another 12 years.  Paving the way for establishing the Patrol was the dissolution of the Wyoming Department of Law Enforcement, which had been created to enforce liquor prohibition laws.  The department's duties were later broadened to include enforcement of motor vehicle laws.  By early 1933, prohibition was nearing an end contributing to the sentiment that an agency created to enforce "dry" laws was no longer needed.

Realizing that something was needed to fill this freshly created void in state law enforcement, Govenor Miller went before the Highway Commission and proposed establishing a Highway patrol.  The Commission concurred.  On May 23, 1933 the Highway Commission confirmed Captain George "Red" Smith as the first Commander of the patrol and hired six patrolmen to cover the state. The Patrolmen were paid $175 a month, were furnished an automobile, uniforms and Sam Browne belts and Brown riding boots. 

Although June 1st was supposed the first day of existence, it was almost a week later before the new patrol cars were delivered and the seven men could begin their new duties.  

 

What it takes to become a WHP Dispatcher:
·         Provide a communications link between the public & emergency services
 
·         Ensure officers receive necessary assistance and backup with an emphasis on officer safety
 
·         Process trooper initiated traffic stops and/or any other situations requiring trooper response
·         Direct emergency response to motor vehicle crashes and other emergency situations
 
·         Send medical assistance to the injured
 
·         Direct aid to disabled motorists
 
·         Document officer activities and event details
 
·         Provide officers with information from computerized law enforcement files
 
·         Furnish information to other law enforcement, the public and numerous other agencies
 
Typically no two days are the same for a WHP dispatcher, which certainly provides for a variety within their daily scope of duties.

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