Memorial Day Holiday Enforcement
by Wyoming Highway Patrol
May 19, 2011
Wearing your seat belt is the best defense in a crash or against a drinking driver.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol has teamed up with the Wyoming Seat Belt Coalition (WYSBC) for this first 2011 summer holiday period. Wyoming’s goal is to increase the 2010 observed statewide safety belt use rate of 78.9% and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities in Wyoming traffic crashes. Nationally, in 2010, safety belt usage was 85%.
The Wyoming Seat Belt Coalition is comprised of safety advocates and professionals knowledgeable about seatbelts, child safety seats and the benefits of those safety devices to the public.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be participating in the nationwide May Mobilization campaign, which starts at 12:00 a.m. May 23rd, 2011 and ends at midnight June 5th, 2011. This event focuses on "High Visibility Enforcement" during the campaign.
Law Enforcement officers across the State of Wyoming, as well as across the United States, will unite their efforts in an attempt to reduce the number of unrestrained fatalities and injuries associated with vehicle crashes. The best way for us to accomplish this task, is to take a "Zero Tolerance" stance towards those drivers and passengers who fail to buckle while operating or riding in a vehicle.
Wyoming law states that drivers who are not buckled up during a traffic stop are subject to a fine of $25.00. Unrestrained passengers are subject to a $10.00 fine. A driver who has an unbuckled child is subject to a $50.00 fine on the first offense and $100.00 fine on a second violation of the same offense.