So far in 2019, there have been 16 deaths reported on Wyoming highways, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety program. In comparison, there were eight deaths in 2018, nine in 2017, and six in 2016.
In all of 2018 the total number of fatalities was 108, which was the lowest in six years. With 16 highway deaths already this year, more work needs to be done to ensure that trend does not continue, according to a release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
“People need to make sure they slow down for hazardous road conditions,” said WHP Sgt. Momen Elazizi. “They should reconsider their travel plans if conditions are poor. If they must travel, people should plan for extra time, check WYDOT’s 511 website for the latest road and travel conditions, and of course, slow down.”
Along with slowing down, WHP also reminds drivers to always wear their seat belts, never drive distracted or impaired, and pay attention to the posted speed limit.
Here are some other travel tips to keep in mind during winter conditions:
- Have a survival kit that contains water, blankets, non-perishable food, cell phone chargers, flashlights, jumper cables, and a shovel
- Travel with an emergency first-aid kit
- Let someone know your travel route
- Have a full tank of gas
- Get a winter maintenance check-up on your vehicle
“People think ‘It’s not going to happen to me’ until it does happen,” Elazizi said. “People need to do what’s important to go home safe. We want the public to continue doing their part to help reduce fatalities.”
Click here to download the 511 app. The app can provide map-based road and traffic conditions, display web cameras, and speaks the conditions to allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road.