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Highway Patrol Increases Presence This Weekend

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With Independence Day falling in the middle of the week, traffic analysts plan to monitor a holiday period from Wednesday through Sunday.  That coincides with the period Lieutenant Tom Kelly of the Wyoming Highway Patrol’s Jackson office says troopers will be out in force.  Kelly says the officers will be looking to maintain safe traffic behaviors.  He says seatbelt usage is one of the most important things anybody can do to prevent serious injury or death during a collision.  Additionally, he says the patrol is looking to force the child restraint laws.  Of course, the patrol is watching for any impaired driving over the holiday.  Kelly points out that in addition to the increased traffic through the holiday, there is a fair amount of construction taking place on the state’s highways that will slow the traffic flow.  Kelly advises drivers should allow additional time to make their trips safely.  During the Independence Day Holiday period last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 61 traffic crashes across the State; and while none of those involved a fatality, 10 of those crashes did involve injuries.

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