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Wyoming Highway Patrol encouraging residents to buckle up on the road

Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 5:45 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As summer travel continues to heat up in the state of Wyoming, highway patrol wants to remind residents and visitors to continue to wear seat belts when traveling. They are seeing more incidents involving drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts in motor vehicles.

“So far this year we’ve experienced 56 fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. With the fatalities we have experienced so far, 59 percent of those were not wearing a seat belt,” said Sergeant Jeremy Beck.

Sergeant Beck says a simple act like buckling up could save your life in a car crash. The likelihood of serious injury decreases significantly when seat belts are used.

Out of the fatalities that have occurred this year, 66 percent of those involved Wyoming residents. Wyoming Highway Patrol says the best thing residents can do to be safe is hold themselves accountable on the road.

“The larger issue is folks deciding to get into a vehicle and deciding to drive to a destination without buckling up. They need to be responsible just like we encourage folks and tell folks don’t drive distracted, don’t drive impaired, we also need to police ourselves and make sure that we arrive at our destination safely,” said Beck.

Wyoming Highway Patrol encourages Wyomingites that one simple click could save your life. There’s no destination worth risking your life for.

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