Wyoming Highway Patrol notices an increase in highway fatalities

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) Wyoming Highway Patrol is seeing a very high number of deaths so far this year with 16 already in 2019. Two people were killed in crashes yesterday near Lyman and Thermopolis.

Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety program showed Wyoming had one of the lowest years in the past six with fatalities totaling 108,

WYDOT has some reminders for everyone driving throughout the Cowboy state. Don’t drive while distracted whether that’s a cell phone, the radio, or even eating while driving can be dangerous. Be sure to get those seat belts buckled, watch that speed, and never drive drunk.

While we are in the thick of winter, Highway Patrol has a few tips to keep everyone safe while traveling.

Having a survival kit that contains water, blankets, non-perishable food, cell phone chargers, flashlights, jumper cables, and a shovel could be the difference between life and death. Make sure you have an emergency first aid kit that is stocked with gauze pads, adhesive tape, cotton swabs, and saline solution for cleaning wounds. As tempting as it to hit the road with that gas tank at half empty, fill up as a precaution and let someone you trust know your destination and anticipated arrival time.

For travel information and more tips, head to http://wyoroad.info.