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Only two months of 2015 have passed and Wyoming has already experienced 19 highway fatalities up to March 11th. Some of these fatalities could have been potentially avoided by making better decisions before getting behind the wheel. 12 of the 19 fatalities were not buckled in at the time of the crash. 10 of these crashes were single vehicle rollovers where the occupant decided not to buckle up. Eight of the deaths involved impaired driving. What is most concerning is that 11 of the 12 fatalities that were not buckled in were Wyoming residents. Only one was not from Wyoming.
 
Some may argue that they don't wear their seat belt because they want to be thrown from their car in case it catches fire. Safety features in today's vehicles have significantly reduced the possibly of your vehicle catching fire and are designed for you to stay in your car if a crash occurs. Some say it is their personal choice. Do you choose to care about the passengers in your car or truck? By not buckling up, you turn yourself into a giant wrecking ball inside the cab of your vehicle during a rollover crashing into your friends and loved ones. This may sound like a broken record, but seat belts save lives! Buckle up Wyoming! 
 
 

 


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  

     

TEXAS FUGITIVE ARRESTED BY WHP ON A NEARLY 28 YEAR OLD WARRANT

TEXAS FUGITIVE ARRESTED BY WHP ON A NEARLY 28 YEAR OLD WARRANT

Date: 04/24/2015 

After evading arrest for nearly 28 years, 58 year old Benigno L. Galeno-Negreros is in custody after being involved in a crash southwest of Casper, Wyoming. On April 16th, around 5:00 a.m., the Wyoming Highway Patrol was dispatched to investigate a crash on WY 220 approximately 46 miles southwest of Casper. With the assistance of the Natrona County Sheriff's Office, the investigating trooper was able to locate varying forms of identification for the driver who had already been transported to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Through the course of the trooper's investigation, the driver was identified...

SECOND MAJOR VEHICLE PILEUP CLOSES INTERSTATE 80

SECOND MAJOR VEHICLE PILEUP CLOSES INTERSTATE 80

Date: 04/21/2015 

For the second time in less than five days, Interstate 80 was closed due to a major vehicle pileup approximately 18 miles west of Laramie at mile post 292. Dense fog and light slush conditions are being cited as contributing factors in this crash. Initial reports are that two commercial vehicles crashed with each other at approximately 8:00 a.m. today causing one of the trucks to jackknife in both lanes of I 80 westbound. After the jackknife, the chain reaction of crashes began as multiple westbound vehicles crashed into the jackknifed truck and each other. Two fatalities have been confirmed from...

THREE MAJOR PILEUPS NEAR SAME LOCATION CLOSE INTERSTATE 80 BETWEEN CHEYENNE AND LARAMIE

THREE MAJOR PILEUPS NEAR SAME LOCATION CLOSE INTERSTATE 80 BETWEEN CHEYENNE AND LARAMIE

Date: 04/17/2015 

Three major vehicle pileups near mile post 342 on Interstate 80 on both the east and westbound sides currently have I 80 closed between Cheyenne and Laramie. Blizzard conditions were present at the time of the crashes that involved approximately 33 commercial vehicles and 12 passengers vehicles between the three pileups. The initial event began around 11:22 a.m. 16 motorists were transported by ambulance and 11 motorists were transported by a Laramie County School District bus to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Six of those injured were critical to serious leg or spine injuries....

PATROL ADMINISTRATOR ANNOUNCES PENDING RETIREMENT

PATROL ADMINISTRATOR ANNOUNCES PENDING RETIREMENT

Date: 04/17/2015 

Col. John Butler, administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol since 2012, has announced he will retire effective June 1. “This was a very difficult decision for me and my family after spending 29 3/4 years of my life serving the citizens of this state,” Butler said in an email to Patrol personnel. “It has been an honor and a privilege to be a member of this great organization and to work with each of you in some manner.” Butler, who spent much of Thursday assisting troopers at the scene of the chain reaction crash that closed I-80 west of Cheyenne, said he is extremely proud of the efforts of Patrol...

Jackalope Jump For Wyoming Special Olympics

Jackalope Jump For Wyoming Special Olympics

Date: 03/23/2015 

Trooper Davis, along with Officer Koritnik (Lander PD) and Officer Brimhall (Lovell PD), took the plunge at the Jackalope Jump to raise money for the Wyoming Special Olympics last Friday in Lovell. To learn more about the Jackalope Jump and Wyoming Special Olympics, visit www.sowy.org.

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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