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
The number of highway fatalities in Wyoming for 2014 has reached 136 unnecessary deaths so far this year. Many have asked why the fatalities are so much higher than the total number of fatalities for the entire year of 2013 totaling 87. The low number of fatalities in 2013 was a positive accomplishment, but was not expected to become the normal trend. The good news is that a 20 year comparison from 1994 to preliminary numbers so far for 2014 is showing a continued downward trend in the number of fatalities from crashes in Wyoming. Although the numbers oscillate up and down each year, the deaths...
It was Driver Appreciation Day at the Sundance Port of Entry today in recognition of all the men and women who transport all the things we use on a daily basis to keep our country moving. Thank you from the Wyoming Highway Patrol and Sundance Port employees Shelly McDonald, Beck Fowler, Teresa Sutton, Bobbie Ballard, and Samantha Sipe
Mission accomplished! One of the Wyoming Highway Patrol's Eight Core Values is Integrity. Sheridan Port of Entry Officer Sue Hendrickson was recently recognized for demonstrating that core value. "On the evening of November 18th, Sheridan Port of Entry Officer Sue Hendrickson was working at the Port of Entry counter. She had sold a permit to a driver who paid with cash. Some time later, another driver came up to the station where Sue was working. The driver noticed a bank envelope on the ledge just out of Sue's area. The driver handed the envelope to Sue, and that envelope contained $485.00....
Wyoming Highway Patrol Colonel John Butler appointed four new division lieutenants today to fill three current and one upcoming vacancy in the first line supervisor ranks of the Patrol. The four new lieutenants took part in an extensive promotional process to achieve their new rank. Colonel Butler stated that "this promotional process continues to remind us of the great caliber and character in our people within the Patrol and that our future is bright." Sergeant Chris Schell has been with the Patrol since January of 1996 and was selected from his Academy Coordinator position in Safety and Training...
A traffic stop for speeding on November 7th resulted in the seizure of approximately 59 pounds of marijuana. The traffic stop occurred at 12:26 p.m. at mile post 51 on Interstate 80 eastbound approximately 11 miles east of Lyman, Wyoming. A Wyoming State Trooper observed a Ford Focus travelling east at 87 mph in a posted 80 mph zone. Upon stopping the Ford, the trooper became suspicious that the occupants in the Ford were involved in some type of criminal activity, specifically drug trafficking. A Wyoming Highway Patrol drug detection K-9 responded to the stop and alerted for the presence...
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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