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IN-STATE: 511 OR 1-888-WYO-ROAD (996-7623)
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IN STATE CALL: 1-800-442-9090
OUT OF STATE CALL: 1-307-777-4321
Wyoming State Highway 59 is a north/south roadway spanning approximately 110 miles between Douglas and Gillette. Due to increased traffic, recent crashes and citizen concerns on this highway, the Wyoming Highway Patrol is responding. Additional troopers within the respective districts will be brought into the area to focus on all traffic related issues, being visible and taking the appropriate form of action on traffic issues encountered. The Patrol's Mobile Education and Enforcement Teams (MEET) will also be brought in to work the increased commercial vehicle traffic on the highways of concern....
On October 19th, at approximately 6:00 p.m. near mile post 266 on Interstate 80 westbound, Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 "Robbie" and Trooper Dave Chatfield were engaged in a K-9 deployment on a stopped vehicle. While transitioning from an interior search of the vehicle to an exterior search, Robbie entered into the westbound lanes of travel and was struck by a passing tractor-trailer that had moved to the far left lane of travel. We regret to report that Robbie died on scene from the injuries sustained from the collision. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not in violation of any laws at the...
The Wyoming Highway Patrol escorted the University of Wyoming ROTC southbound to the Colorado state line on US 287 for the Bronze Boot Run. The annual U.W. / C.S.U. football game is in Fort Collins this year, so Wyoming got the first leg before handing it off to Colorado. The Bronze Boot is a traveling trophy that is guarded by the previous game winning school's ROTC at the game each year. Go Pokes!
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...
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...
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.
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