Wyoming Highway Patrol Stayed Diligent and Busy in 2021
Written by Andrew-Rossi on February 10, 2022
The Wyoming Highway Patrol celebrates its diligent troopers for the high number of calls, crimes, and assistance they responded to during a very busy 2021.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol was diligent throughout 2021. Despite fewer employees on the road and in the office, troopers professionally addressed issues with motorists driving recklessly, distracted, or impaired.
Troopers in 2021 stopped a total of 104,615 vehicles. Of this number:
- 29,506 speeding citations and 56,162 warnings were issued to passenger vehicles.
- 4,779 crashes were investigated
- 30 stolen vehicles were recovered
Overall, troopers assisted 19,982 motorists who could have mechanical issues, out of fuel, or other reasons to be stopped on roadways.
Unfortunately, troopers also arrested hundreds of impaired drivers and seized large quantities of illegal drugs.
720 impaired drivers were stopped and arrested by Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers in 2021.
The W.H.P. Dispatch Center fielded 2,981 Report Every Drunk Driver (R.E.D.D.I.) Reports. The R.E.D.D.I. program is designed to give the public a readily accessible tool to report suspected impaired drivers.
Numerous states continue to deal with an increase in drug overdoses, while controlled substance problems continue to be a problem in Wyoming. The Wyoming Highway Patrol feels this is a crucial issue and needs to be addressed head-on.
In 2021 W.H.P. Troopers were able to seize:
- Five pounds of Fentanyl
- 7,200 pounds of Marijuana
- 207 pounds of Methamphetamine
- Five pounds of Cocaine.
In addition, the patrol received and processed 1,387 Safe2Tell reports, activated two Amber Alerts, and made 9,016 non-consensual rotation calls to towers. The total number of events processed in dispatch was 159,532. (Each event requires multiple radio transmissions, phone calls, and data input into the Computer Aided Dispatch System)
Port of Entry Officers were also busy, contacting over a million vehicles and weighing nearly have of them.
The .H.P. Port of Entry Officers contacted 1,028,132 commercial vehicles and weighed 417,654 commercial trucks. Out of these contacts, 33,952 were identified as overweight and 2,077 for oversize.
The Port of Entry Officers also issued 204,411 permits and inspected 14,293 commercial vehicles, with 3,316 of these inspections resulting in an out-of-service violation.
All this was accomplished despite a lack of manpower in the Wyoming Highway Patrol – which means everyone went above and beyond the call of duty.
“Despite being down 35 Troopers, 12 Dispatchers and 13 Port of Entry Officers, everyone is working extra hours to get the job done serving the public,” said W.H.P. Colonel Kebin Haller. “I couldn’t be more proud of your achievements.”