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As you may have already heard the traffic fatality number for 2013 currently stands at 86.  This is the lowest number since 1945, at which time 71 deaths were reported.  Even though one death is too many, the efforts by each and every member of the Wyoming Highway Patrol has helped reduce this number dramatically.  
 
Whether your position of responsibility resides in Dispatch, Ports of Entry, Commercial Carrier, Records, Equipment, Evidence, Safety and Training, or Sworn, you have ultimately had an impact on reducing deaths on our highways.  It takes a team effort and you have shown how that concept can be successful.
 
I want each of you to take pride in your efforts but we must continue to remain vigilant in our efforts in reducing traffic fatalities.  Even though attaining our goal of Zero Deaths may be unrealistic, our efforts to reach that goal should not.
 
I personally thank each of you for your continued commitment to highway safety!


 


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  

WESTBOUND I-80 OPENS AFTER 47 VEHICLE CRASH CAUSES CLOSURE

WESTBOUND I-80 OPENS AFTER 47 VEHICLE CRASH CAUSES CLOSURE

Date: 04/14/2014 

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...

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL DISPATCHERS ASSIST IN MULTI-STATE PURSUIT

WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL DISPATCHERS ASSIST IN MULTI-STATE PURSUIT

Date: 03/20/2014 

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...

WHP PARTNERS WITH IACP IN THE "DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES" CAMPAIGN

WHP PARTNERS WITH IACP IN THE "DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES" CAMPAIGN

Date: 03/20/2014 

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...

OVERSIZE LOAD STRIKES & DAMAGES BRIDGE OVERPASS

OVERSIZE LOAD STRIKES & DAMAGES BRIDGE OVERPASS

Date: 03/04/2014 

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...

TROOPER INJURED AT ROADSIDE BY DRIVER WHO FAILED TO HEED EMERGENCY FLASHING LIGHTS

TROOPER INJURED AT ROADSIDE BY DRIVER WHO FAILED TO HEED EMERGENCY FLASHING LIGHTS

Date: 03/04/2014 

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.  

 

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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