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 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
Recruit Class 90 spent all last week receiving instruction in commercial vehicle enforcement. Last Thursday, Class 90 took part in practical exercises at the Casper Port of Entry despite harsh winter weather and having some highways closed hampering the amount of trucks entering the Port. With assistance from Casper Port of Entry Officers, Troopers from Casper and Lusk, and class instructors, Class 90 issued 10 permits totaling $528.16, fielded nine overweight reports with only two of those weighed being legal and issued four citations totaling $6,130. One citation alone was for $5,430 due to violations...
The big game is almost here. As the kick off is this Sunday, we want to remind everyone that the best defense against impaired driving is to always designate a sober driver. Last time we checked, football appetizers are not served at our local jails on game day. So plan a good offense to get home safe this weekend and whether you are rooting for Denver or Carolina, don't fumble your way into the DUI life. Always remember to buckle up and drive safe Wyoming!
Another strong winter storm across Wyoming has once again kept all members of the Wyoming Highway Patrol very busy. Since noon on January 31st through 4:00 p.m. today (Feb. 3rd), Troopers have investigated 146 crashes statewide. 121 of those crashes involved property damage only,24 crashes had injury and there was one fatal crash southwest of Laramie that was non-weather related. The fatal crash is still being actively investigated. WHP Dispatchers and office administrative employees have answered in excess of 4,891 phone calls and dispatched 1408 events so far. 225 of those calls were broken...
Public safety in Wyoming is about to get a boost as 20 recruits are currently in academy training for the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Classes 90 and 91 are receiving training in traffic law, custody and control, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, impaired drivers, physical training and many other topics of instructions. Class 90 will hit the road in early March and Class 91 will begin their field training in late May. To learn more about a career as a Wyoming State Trooper, visit http://www.whp.dot.state.wy.us/home/trooper--careersrecruiting.html.
Anna Erickson was given her 25 year service award by Colonel Kebin Haller on January 15, 2016. Anna is the Port of Entry Supervisor in Alpine and has been a valuable asset to District Three and the Port of Entry. In 2015, the Aline Port of Entry was selected as the top Port of Entry for the Highway Patrol for 2014. Thank you Anna for your commitment to the agency and the commercial carrier section! Congratulations and thank you your service!
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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