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
Cheyenne – The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be participating in the nationwide May Mobilization Seat Belt Enforcement campaign, which starts at 12:00 a.m. May 20th and ends at midnight June 2nd. The campaign focuses on “High Visibility Enforcement” during the Memorial Day Holiday period. Law Enforcement officers across the State of Wyoming and the United States, will unite their efforts in an attempt to reduce the number of unrestrained fatalities and injuries associated with vehicle crashes. "The best way for us to accomplish this task, is to take a “Zero Tolerance” stance towards those drivers...
Torrington – Yesterdays strong gusty winds created what one Trooper called a “Dirt Blizzard” in eastern Wyoming that resulted in hazardous driving conditions and zero visibility for motorists traveling on US 85 south of Torrington. The zero visibility resulted from blowing crop land dirt which prompted WYDOT to close US 85 south of Torrington at approximately 1:00 p.m. The highway remained closed until just before 7:00 p.m. when the winds died down and the visibility improved. Troopers were dispatched to several non-injury crashes in that area and were also called upon to rescue stranded motorists...
Cheyenne – As St. Patrick's Day approaches, The Wyoming Highway Patrol is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they've been drinking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2006 to 2010. Whether you are gathering with friends at the local pub or attending the big party, if alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely. The Wyoming Highway Patrol will have extra Troopers on patrol statewide throughout...
Evanston – Two men remain in custody after a traffic stop this weekend led to the discovery of just over 15 pounds of packaged marijuana. One of the individuals arrested was also wanted on an outstanding felony warrant from the State of Florida. The traffic stop for an alleged speeding violation of 85 mph in a 75 mph zone was made Sunday afternoon approximately 31 miles east of Evanston on eastbound Interstate 80. Upon contacting the driver of the speeding vehicle the Trooper could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicles interior. The driver, 33 year-old Dennis Rodriguez,...
Medicine Bow – Troopers are called to investigate crashes on a daily basis on Wyoming’s highways with no two crashes ever being the same during their entire career. There are however, those crashes that stand out among the many. Just such a crash occurred Wednesday just before 9:00 a.m. on highway WYO 487 which runs through the town of Medicine Bow. A Trooper was dispatched to a single vehicle crash reported to be a car crashing into a garage. When the Trooper arrived on scene the driver of the Ford Focus passenger car was in the process of being extricated from the vehicle by local fire department...
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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