Highway Patrol Busy During Eclipse

The Wyoming Highway Patrol stayed busy during the recent solar eclipse while dealing with a surge in traffic during the event. Troopers around the state worked extended shifts to make sure all Wyoming residents and guests stayed safe while traffic was moving. From Friday, August 18th to Monday, August 21st, Troopers responded to 7,500 calls for service throughout Wyoming. In comparison to 2016, there were 2,600 calls for service in that same time period. Crashes on Wyoming’s highways also increased with the Highway Patrol investigating 200 crashes in comparison to 100 crashes the previous year during the same time frame. Out of the 200 crashes, 31 of those involved an injury with one resulting in a fatality. Troopers stopped over 5,000 vehicles while issuing 3,312 citations and 2,029 warnings for various violations. 157 of the citations were for seat belt or child restraint violations. Troopers also arrested 25 individuals for driving under the influence and issued 62 citations for possession of illegal narcotics with 59 of those for possession of marijuana.

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