Wyo. highway patrol releases statistics from eclipse period

Sep 1, 2017 From the Wyoming Highway Patrol

The Wyoming Highway Patrol stayed busy during the recent solar eclipse while observing a surge in traffic during the event.

WHP troopers around the state worked extended shifts to help all Wyoming residents and guests were safe while keeping traffic moving.

From Friday, Aug. 18, to Monday, Aug. 21, WHP troopers responded to 7,505 calls for service throughout Wyoming.

For comparison, in 2016 there were 2,598 calls for service during the same time period.

Crashes on Wyoming's highways also increased, with the WHP investigating 198 crashes in comparison to 98 crashes the previous year during the same time frame. Out of the 198 crashes, 31 were with injury, and one resulted in a fatality.

Troopers stopped more than 5,000 vehicles while issuing 3,312 citations and 2,029 warnings for various violations. Almost 160 of the citations were for seatbelt or child restraint violations.

Troopers also arrested 25 individuals for driving under the influence and issued 62 citations for possession of illegal narcotics, including 59 for possession of marijuana.

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