Law Enforcement Urges Caution This Weekend
Written by Andrew-Rossi on May 25, 2017
Memorial Day Weekend brings a higher level of danger for drivers.
Memorial Day records the highest number of traffic fatalities, according to statistics gathered by the personal finance website Value Penguin. The numbers show that motorists are four times as likely to die in a traffic accident over the Memorial Day weekend as over a regular weekend. Memorial Day has averaged 312 fatal accidents per year over the period 2011 to 2015.
Cody Police Chief Chuck Baker says local events and the time of year mean that more vehicles are on the road, which heightens the potential for traffic fatalities.
Baker says that residents can expect to see a heavier police presence this weekend because of the potential for accidents. Additionally, the Wyoming Highway Patrol will be participating in a national safety campaign tomorrow to bring awareness to the dangers first responders face in the performance of their duties at roadside. Since 2008, 1,970 crashes have occurred in Wyoming involving first responder and roadway service vehicles, including law enforcement, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, and snow plows.