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IN-STATE: 511 OR 1-888-WYO-ROAD (996-7623)
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Elk Mountain – Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers and WYDOT personnel have reopened westbound Interstate 80 after a pileup crash involving at least 47 vehicles forced the closure of the westbound lanes of the Interstate for approximately 18 hours. The crash was reported just before 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon approximately 7 miles east of Elk Mountain and speeds on the Interstate had been reduced to 45 MPH at the time of the crash due to winter conditions. Troopers are still attempting to identify exactly how many vehicles were actually involved in the pileup which occurred during snowy, windy, icy...
Sundance – The Wyoming Highway Patrol’s Communications Center assisted in the apprehension of two subjects who were involved in a high-speed chase on the evening of Wednesday March 19. The pursuit which originated in Wyoming by a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper was terminated by South Dakota Highway Patrol Troopers in their State at mile post #12 on eastbound Interstate 90. The two individuals in the Chevrolet Cavalier are in custody in South Dakota facing traffic and misdemeanor drug possession charges in that State. Wyoming Troopers have also cited both occupants of the vehicle on numerous traffic...
Cheyenne – In carrying out its duties, the Wyoming Highway Patrol considers highway safety as its highest priority. That is why the Wyoming Highway Patrol along with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and state police and highway patrol leaders from over 40 states will join in a united effort by participating in a nationwide "Drive to Save Lives" campaign. The goal of the participating law enforcement agencies is to reduce highway fatalities nationwide by 15% in the year 2014. More than 33,000 deaths occur each year on our...
Cheyenne – The overpass at mile marker #34.4, 24 miles north of Cheyenne at the Nimmo Road Interchange on Interstate 25 remains closed while WYDOT determines the extent of damage caused by an oversize load striking the bottom of the overpass on Friday. The driver of the oversize load thought his load was under the posted height, however, it proved to be just slightly taller. The load, a large open pit mining truck, struck the bottom of the southbound side of the overpass causing major damage to the bridge girders. The impact also caused the oversize mining truck to become partially off of the...
Arlington – A Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper seated in his patrol car in the median was injured this morning when his vehicle was struck as he was completing an investigation of a previous jackknifed semi tractor trailer non-injury crash. The crash occurred approximately 1½ miles east of the Arlington Interchange on westbound Interstate 80 in Carbon County just after 8:00 a.m. Roadways in the area were icy. Variable message signs had the speed on both east and westbound lanes of the Interstate reduced to 55 MPH. Trooper Kaycee Shroyer was seated in his parked patrol car in the median off...
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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