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The Wyoming Highway Patrol is reporting intrastate success from the I-80 / I-35 safety initiative that took place August 28th through the 30th. Zero fatal crashes were investigated in Wyoming during the campaign on Interstate 80. WHP Troopers stayed busy on I-80 over the weekend issuing 195 speeding citations, 112 traffic citations, 22 seat belt tickets and 169 warnings. Seven drug arrests and two impaired driving arrests were also made during the event. Troopers conducted commercial truck inspections and oversize vehicle escorts as well. Interstate 80 did...
The Interstate 90 bridge that traverses over Wyoming Highway 59 in Gillette, Wyoming has sustained major damage after being struck by an oversize load this morning. The bridge near mile post 126 on I-90 was struck from underneath as the oversize load was going under the bridge on WY-59 northbound at 10:10 a.m. this morning (Sept. 2nd). Tony Hayworth, 43 years old from Gillette, was operating the self permitted oversize load and transporting a John Deere excavator track hoe. The boom of the excavator had not been properly loaded and secured. The extended boom exceeded the...
Kebin W. Haller, deputy director of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), is set to become the next colonel and administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, effective Sept. 21. Haller’s appointment was announced Aug. 21 by WYDOT Director John Cox. Haller, 48, brings a total of 24 years of policing experience to his new job. He began his law enforcement career as a police officer in Rawlins and has been with DCI in Cheyenne since 1997. “Haller’s appointment was preceded by a rigorous applicant screening and interview process,” said Cox. “Among...
A single vehicle crash on August 29th has the resulted in the death of 26 year old Sonny J. Duran of Ft Washakie, Wyoming. The crash occurred on Wyoming State Highway 132 near mile post 12 at 7:24 p.m. approximately 21 miles north of Lander, Wyoming. Duran was driving a 2003 Nissan sedan northbound on WY 132 when the car drifted off the right shoulder. The Nissan was overcorrected and eventually entered the southbound ditch where the vehicle tripped and rolled. Duran was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected during the crash. He sustained fatal injuries on scene. Six passengers in the car,...
Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatcher Tracey Schlimm has been serving the public and answering calls for service with Patrol for almost 17 years. At this week's Wyoming Peace Officers Association (WPOA) Awards Banquet, she was recognized as WPOA's 2015 Dispatcher of the Year. Dispatcher Schlimm started with the Wyoming Highway Patrol on November 2, 1998 and is currently a senior Communications Training Officer in WHP Dispatch. In a letter of nomination for the award from Dispatcher Schlimm's supervisor, Cara Moore, it was made very clear why Schlimm was such a strong candidate. "Tracey thoroughly...
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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