WYDOT: Up to 40 percent decrease of automobiles on Wyoming roads

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Bryan Stock Trail Thursday.(KCWY)
Published: May. 11, 2020 at 5:59 PM CDT
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Since the middle of March people have been staying at home and off of the road more. Martin Kidner, Wyoming Department of Transportation state planning engineer said this is a dramatic decrease.

“We looked back four years and even when I-80 is closed, you’d see a decrease that week of 15 percent or 20 percent, for example. They’re not closed that long. We have never seen a decrease that rapid except for at this time,” Kidner said.

He added there was also a decrease of automobiles with trailers on Wyoming roads.

According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol’s website, 25 fatal crashes have happened this year.

Luke Reiner, the WYDOT director, said there was almost a record number of fatalities in 2019.

This year it could be down because there are fewer people on the roads. He added that trends started improving before the outbreak of COVID-19.

He added since there are fewer people on the roads, people have been driving faster and enforcement is increased. There are many different variables on what could cause a fatal crash like the weather or someone’s speed.

Also, Reiner is grateful for all of the truck drivers bringing in critical medical supplies and testing kits for COVID-19.