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"80 means 80"
With over two weeks of the new 80 mile per hour speed limit on 488 miles of Wyoming interstate highways in the books, we are emphasizeing that 80 mph means 80 mph. Troopers across the state that work in these 80 mph zones are reporting that motorists are pushing their speeds past the posted limit and are increasing the risk of being stopped.  The safety and welfare of the motoring public is a priority to the Wyoming Highway Patrol and that the 80 mph speed limit will be strictly enforced.  Increasing your speed reduces the amount of time you have to react to avoid becoming involved in a crash or avoid a hazard on the road. The speed limit is set to keep motorists operating at a safe speed on the highways. When drivers go over that limit, they risk injuring themselves and others. Obey the limit and avoid becoming a statistic.
 

 


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  

     

Wyoming Highway Patrol's Latest K-9 Team Hits the Highways

Wyoming Highway Patrol's Latest K-9 Team Hits the Highways

Date: 08/26/2014 

Elk Mountain -  Trooper Dave Chatfield and his new K-9 partner "Robbie" recently began working together to help in the Patrol's efforts in criminal interdiction.  Robbie, a Springer Spaniel, orginally came from Ireland.  He received his initial training with the company "Battle Born K9" in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Trooper Chatfield and Robbie have been training together since July and have received their certification to begin working the highways together.  Robbie is a drug detection only K-9 and is trained to detect a variety of controlled substances. Trooper Chatfield and Robbie will primarily be...

STOLEN VEHICLE LEADS TO 163 MILE LONG PURSUIT

STOLEN VEHICLE LEADS TO 163 MILE LONG PURSUIT

Date: 08/19/2014 

A pursuit that was originally initiated by Deputies with the Fremont County Sheriff's Office and Officers with the Riverton Police Department ended 163 miles later near Elk Mountain, Wyoming. Fremont County Deputies and Riverton Police Officers attempted to stop a 2013 Dodge Charger in Riverton, Wyoming as they believed the vehicle was possibly stolen. A pursuit began out of Riverton and assistance from the Wyoming Highway Patrol was requested at 1:43 p.m.. Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers out of Lander attempted to deploy stop sticks on the vehicle at Sweetwater Station at the junction of Wyoming...

IMPATIENT TRUCK DRIVER ARRESTED

IMPATIENT TRUCK DRIVER ARRESTED

Date: 08/14/2014 

Cheyenne - 51 year old Randy Hill of Torrington, Wyoming was arrested on August 13th when he  became impatient with an Air Force truck convoy traveling north on US 85. The incident began 28 miles northeast of Cheyenne at mile post 38 on US 85 at 9:40 in the morning. Mr. Hill came upon the rear of the slow moving convoy in a 2007 International semi truck and became impatient with the convoy's speed. Mr. Hill attempted to pass the convoy and began endangering oncoming southbound traffic. Air Force personnel attempted to stop Hill, but Hill would not yield to them. At one point during the incident,...

AIR AMBULANCE TRANSPORTS MOTORCYCLE CRASH VICTIM OUT OF SYBILLE CANYON

AIR AMBULANCE TRANSPORTS MOTORCYCLE CRASH VICTIM OUT OF SYBILLE CANYON

Date: 08/08/2014 

Laramie - On August 7th, 2014 at approximately 11:55 a.m., 59 year old Ron Cumley  of Albuquerque, New Mexico  was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle eastbound on WY 34 in Sybille Canyon.  Mr. Cumley was headed with friends to the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. For unknown reasons, Mr. Cumley failed to negotiate a left sweeping curve in the roadway as he drove off the right side of the highway. Mr. Cumley was unable to control the motorcycle once it left the road. Mr. Cumley was estimated to be traveling 55 mph when the crash occurred. The Albany County Sheriff's Department and Wheatland...

SPEEDING LEADS TO THE DISCOVERY OF ALMOST TWO POUNDS OF MARIJUANA, A HAND GUN AND LANDS TWO WASHINGTON RESIDENTS IN CUSTODY

SPEEDING LEADS TO THE DISCOVERY OF ALMOST TWO POUNDS OF MARIJUANA, A HAND GUN AND LANDS TWO WASHINGTON RESIDENTS IN CUSTODY

Date: 08/05/2014 

On July 29th, 2014, at approximately 09:34 a.m., a Wyoming State Trooper observed a Toyota Rav 4 speeding eastbound on Interstate 80 at approximately mile post 46 east of Evanston. Conflicting stories between the driver and passenger in addition to the odor of marijuana in the vehicle, led troopers to search the Toyota. During the search, troopers discovered a 9mm hand gun and approximately two pounds of marijuana. 19 year old Brandi K. Green of University Place, Washington was arrested and charged for speeding, no valid driver’s license, interference with a peace officer, possession of a controlled...

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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