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Cheyenne - Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspections are conducted at the headquarters of the Wyoming Highway Patrol in Cheyenne on a daily basis. On Tuesday, July 15th, 58 year old Daniel K. Adamson of Wheatland, Wyoming traveled to Cheyenne for one such VIN inspection. Upon his arrival and request for an inspection at WHP headquarters, troopers smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Mr. Adamson. An impaired driving investigation began and Mr. Adamson was placed under arrest for driving while under the influence of alcohol. The Wyoming Highway Patrol would like to remind...
Uinta County was host to two safety events geared towards child passenger safety recently. One event was held in Evanston and one in Mountain View. Child passenger seat technicians were present to inspect child restraints and bicycle helmets including technicians from Safe Kids and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Troopers from the Utah Highway Patrol also helped at the safety event in Evanston. Sergeant Duane Ellis, Wyoming Highway Patrol safety education coordinator, participated in the Mountain View event on July 9th and reported that 29 child seats were checked finding 12 misuses of the...
On July 03rd, 2014 at approximately 2:39 pm, troopers were notified to be on the lookout (BOLO) for a 2009 Peterbuilt commercial tractor with trailer being driven by 38 year old Onelio Vega of Hesperia, California. It was reported to the Patrol that Mr. Vega was not authorized to be driving the truck and that Mr. Vega was possibly under the influence of an unknown substance. The initial report started on the eastern edge of Wyoming at Pine Bluffs on Interstate 80 with the truck traveling westbound. Through cooperation with the trucking company's (Landforce Trucking) global positioning system on...
Motorists will soon be able to legally drive up to 80 mph on nearly 500 miles of rural interstate highway in Wyoming, resulting from action taken by the state Legislature during its 2014 session. On July 1, WYDOT crews will begin the process of changing speed limit signs along three sections of Interstate 25, totaling 268 miles in length, as well as on three sections of I-80 (116 miles) and two sections of I-90 (104 miles). The agency hopes to complete sign changeover work by the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Motorists should be aware that during the transition, the 75 mph speed...
Buffalo – A Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper is recovering at home following a Wednesday morning incident in which his parked patrol car was struck by a vehicle on WYO 387 approximately 8 miles north of Midwest in southern Johnson County. Trooper Richard Burridge who was seated in his patrol car, sustained minor injuries after his patrol car was hit from behind by a pickup while Troopers were investigating a previous crash scene and several slide offs in the area. Trooper Burridge was transported by another Trooper to Johnson County Memorial Hospital in Buffalo where he has been treated and released...
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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