News from Jackson Hole Radio November 10, 2020

Fundraiser to Increase Speed Enforcement on Teton Village Road

by Jackson Hole Radio News

A citizen-initiated fundraising effort will support enhanced speed limit patrols on WY 390 with the goal of reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions in the Snake River Corridor. The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation will serve as fiscal agent for a new Speed Limit Enforcement Fund, which will enable increased enforcement of posted speed limits along Teton Village Road by deputies of the Teton County Sheriff’s Office. Increased driver speed is directly tied to heightened chances of wildlife-vehicle collisions, especially at night. Funding of new patrols is a direct response to an outpouring of community concern for the high rate of wildlife-vehicle collisions, often involving moose, on this stretch of roadway.  Due to staffing constraints, the Teton County Sheriff’s department will provide officers overtime compensation for extra hours worked during this direct patrol. The initial goal is to raise sufficient funds for ten hours of direct patrol enforcement per week for ten weeks. Over the past decade, more than 50 moose have been killed in wildlife-vehicle collisions on roadways between Teton Village and the town of Wilson, including several animals in 2020.