Patrol joining I-80 safety initiative
The Wyoming Highway Patrol will join law enforcement officers from coast to coast July 24-31 in the I-80 Challenge Highway Safety Initiative to save lives during one of the busiest travel times of the year.
The Patrol will ramp up enforcement of lifesaving traffic safety laws, cracking down on drivers who are speeding, driving drunk or distracted or not wearing a seat belt, with the goal of achieving a zero fatality rate for the eight-day period.
The safety initiative targets a heavy summer travel period when the rate of fatal and injury crashes on I-80 is higher than any other time of the year.
"It's sad to see a summer vacation end in tragedy because someone chose to violate or ignore traffic laws meant to prevent crashes and save lives," Patrol Lt. Col. Shannon Ratliff said. "For this event, we will show zero tolerance because we want zero fatalities in our state.”
Of Wyoming’s 120 traffic fatalities last year, 44 percent were not restrained and 32 percent involved alcohol or other drugs.