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(Scott Olson/Getty)
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WHP Cracking Down on Impaired Riding

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says they will be joining with other Wyoming law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the State to launch an aggressive campaign on impaired riding. Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Stephen Townsend says during this time of year, we begin to see an increase in motorcycle use here in Wyoming.  As the number of motorcycles increases on Wyoming's highways, so does the number of reported motorcycle crashes.

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Uinta County Safe Kids Event (Courtesy of Wyoming Highway Patrol)
Uinta County Safe Kids Event (Courtesy of Wyoming Highway Patrol)
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Wyoming & Utah Highway Patrol Host Safe Kids Event

The misuse rate of child safety seats is high.  That is why the Wyoming Highway Patrol partnered with Utah Highway Patrol and Safe Kids Uinta County at a recent child safety seat check-up event held in Evanston, Wyoming, at the Bear River Greenway Pavilion.

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Wyoming Highway Patrol (Courtesy of WHP)
Wyoming Highway Patrol (Courtesy of WHP)
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Patrol Planning Holiday Enforcement Effort (AUDIO)

The Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period for a proposed rule to require companies to publicly disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Amy Richards has a report. The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be out in force over the July 4th holiday weekend, especially looking for impaired drivers. Sgt. Steve Townsend says the public can help out with this effort. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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(Courtesy CDC)
(Courtesy CDC)
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CDC Releases Youth Risk Behavior Survey [AUDIO]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released the 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Amy Richards has a report. A 47 year old Colorado man was arrested in  Laramie County Saturday after leading Colorado and Wyoming law enforcement on a chase that began in Colorado. Click past  jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Col. John Butler (Courtesy of Wyoming Highway Patrol)
Col. John Butler (Courtesy of Wyoming Highway Patrol)
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Butler Named New Head of Wyoming Highway Patrol

Lt. Col. John Butler of Cheyenne has been selected to become the next administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP).

Butler, a 27-year Highway Patrol veteran, is being promoted to the rank of colonel. He officially began his new duties Tuesday, becoming the 12th person to head the Patrol since its formation in 1933.  Butler replaces Col. Jess Oyler, who retired at end of 2011 and Butler had served as interim Patrol administrator since then. A formal pinning ceremony to mark's Butler's promotion will be scheduled for June.

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Patrol's New "Alive at 25" Instructors (Sgt. Steve Townsend)
Patrol's New "Alive at 25" Instructors (Sgt. Steve Townsend)
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Five More Troopers Become “Alive at 25″ Instructors

Five Wyoming Troopers from across the State have successfully completed a 40 hour course of instruction to become “Alive At 25” instructors. The Troopers were presented their certificates by Wyoming Highway Patrol Lieutenant Colonel John Butler during a short awards ceremony held Friday morning in Cheyenne.

Wyoming Highway Patrol instructor Sergeant Duane Ellis says the graduating Troopers will now be able to provide a 4½ hour driver education course to young drivers age 14 – 24.

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Automobile of Amy Jones. who surivived this crash while wearing a seatbelt (Doug Randall/TSM)
Automobile of Amy Jones. who surivived this crash while wearing a seatbelt (Doug Randall/TSM)
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‘May Mobilization’ Targets Non Seat-Belt Users

The Wyoming Highway Patrol, Laramie County Sheriff's Department and Cheyenne Police Department held a joint news conference Tuesday morning in Cheyenne to let people know a special state-wide enforcement effort aimed at motorists not wearing seat belts, known as the ''May Mobilization'.

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(Courtesy: Wyoming Highway Patrol)
(Courtesy: Wyoming Highway Patrol)
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Patrol Joins Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign

The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be participating in the national "Click it or Ticket May Mobilization" campaign to step up enforcement in the area of seat belt use. Wyoming Highway Patrol spokesman

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(Courtesy: Wyoming Highway Patrol)
(Courtesy: Wyoming Highway Patrol)
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Nebraska Woman Killed in I-80 Crash

An 84 year old Chadron, Nebraska woman was killed in a single vehicle crash on Interstate 80 near Elk Mountain on Sunday afternoon, according to Wyoming Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Steve Townsend.

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Special Olympics LE Torch Run Cheyenne (Doug Randall/TSM)
Special Olympics LE Torch Run Cheyenne (Doug Randall/TSM)
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Special Olympics Torch Carried to Capitol Building

The Cheyenne Police Department, Laramie County Sheriff's Department and the Wyoming Highway Patrol took part in the Cheyenne leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run  for Special Olympics Thursday morning, with a runner bearing the torch through several downtown Cheyenne streets, accompanied by a group of runners and led by vehicles from local law enforcement agencies.

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