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
Hundreds of big game animals are killed in collisions with vehicles every year in Wyoming. There are many "hot spots" for animal-vehicle collisions throughout central and northwest Wyoming. Some of these areas include Wyoming 28 between Lander and South Pass, Wyoming 131 (Sinks Canyon Road) south of Lander, U.S. 26 west of Riverton, U.S. 26/287 between Diversion Dam and Dubois, U.S. 20/Wyoming 789 between Wind River Canyon and Kirby, U.S. 16-20 between Basin and Greybull, Wyoming 120 near Thermopolis, U.S. 14A between Cody and Powell, and U.S. 14-16-20 between Cody and Yellowstone National Park....
Lingle – Wyoming Highway Troopers in the Lingle area are investigating a fatal hit & run involving a local Lingle resident. Troopers responded to a report of a pedestrian vs. vehicle crash in downtown Lingle late Sunday afternoon around 5:30 p.m. Troopers arrived and found 69 year-old Keith Beers fatally injured on US 85. It appears Beers was attempting to cross the street in the crosswalk when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop. This crash remains under investigation and Troopers are asking for anyone with information on the driver or the vehicle...
Evanston – Just over 16 pounds of high grade marijuana was seized from a Lynnwood, Washington, driver who was stopped on eastbound Interstate 80 approximately 45 miles east of Evanston. The traffic stop, for following too close, was made Wednesday, November 2nd. Twenty-three year-old Velasco Acosta has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in plant form greater than 3 ounces, felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and felony conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. Highway Patrol K-9 "Hank" was deployed around the vehicle after the...
Cheyenne – With the approach of daylight savings time on Sunday, November 3rd, many drivers may find themselves driving home after work in the dark. That means drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians need to be alert come Monday and need to see and be seen. According to the National Safety Council, traffic fatalities are three times greater at night than during the day even though there are less drivers out at night. You as a responsible driver can perform several measures to maximize your safety when driving at night. Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers recommend the following 10 important steps for...
Casper – The majority of contacts a Trooper makes are usually out on the highway. However, criminal interdictions can happen anywhere at any time. Thus was the case in Casper last Thursday evening at a local truck stop where two Troopers were taking their break. A BMW passenger vehicle pulled into the lot and parked at the restaurant with its high beam headlights aimed directly at the Troopers seated inside. The vehicle remained there for several minutes with the high beams aimed at the Troopers. The Troopers were concerned about their safety not being able to see the vehicles occupants. ...
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.
Copyright© 2013 State of Wyoming. All rights reserved.