State Troopers report Interstate motorists pushing speeds past the limit: 80 means 80

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – With over two weeks of the new 80 mile per hour speed limit on 488 miles of Wyoming interstate highways in the books, the Wyoming Highway Patrol emphasizes that 80 mph means 80 mph. Troopers across the state that work in these 80 mph zones are reporting that motorists are pushing their speeds past the posted limit and are increasing the risk of being stopped. Wyoming Highway Patrol Colonel John Butler emphasizes that “The safety and welfare of the motoring public is a priority to the Wyoming Highway Patrol and that the 80 mph speed limit will be strictly enforced.”

Increasing your speed reduces the amount of time you have to react to avoid becoming involved in a crash or avoid a hazard on the road. The speed limit is set to keep motorists operating at a safe speed on the highways. When drivers go over that limit, they risk injuring themselves and others. Obey the limit and avoid becoming a statistic.

–Wyoming Highway Patrol. The Wyoming Department of Transportation is a County10.com Community Partner

6 Comments

  1. Joyce Kennedy

    Unfortunately the politicians can't pay highway patrolmen enough so the state of Wy is short 30 individuals. They could cover much more territory and maybe lower death rate.

  2. Michael Smith

    and let's sock it to the few 18 wheeler drives who tail gate. I had an idiot whip in behind me at 80mph he was so close I could not see the Kenworth emblem at the top of his radiator. Guys like him give all the good truckers a bad rap and a bad name.

  3. Glenda Lee Honadel

    TRUE STATEMENT

  4. Diane Whitley Feldman

    And with your new Subaru you would have been able to maneuver a lot better than that 18 Wheeler. How do you propose we slow them down and save a life?

  5. David Steele

    Diane Whitley Feldman Unsafe is unsafe, but don't start going after truckers because of one unsafe driver. There are more than enough unsafe drivers in cars and pickups. I frequently drive on I-80, pulling a 95 feet long set of double tankers at 117,000 lbs. Our fleet is governed for 75 MPH. More often than not I get cars passing me and then getting in front of me so close that I cannot see their license plate, all the while totally they're oblivious to the fact that if they have to do a panic stop they are going to become my hood ornament. If you look at the statistics for who is at fault in truck vs. car accidents, it is usually the car that is at fault. Besides, to save money on fuel, most trucks on the road are governed for 60 to 70 MPH and that, for me and other drivers I work with, create a hazard because we have to change lanes more often to pass them. Even more frustrating when getting behind a slow governed truck on a two lane state highway and because of hills and curves and you're stuck going 5 or 10 under the limit. If you try to slow trucks down way below the limit then cars are just going to have to make more lane changes to pass them as well.

  6. Michael Smith

    Diane Whitley Feldman Newton's first law of motion states that "An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force." Objects tend to "keep on doing what they're doing." that law was proven on Wednesday July 16th on I-80 when A semi-trailer rig hauling a flammable load of cleaning chemicals erupted in flames early in the morning after crashing into another big rig, closing down part of Interstate 80 near the Utah-Wyoming border.

    Long story short they life flighted one driver out and the west bound lane of I-80 was so badly damaged by the resulting fire an entire section of the road had to be replaced and repaved.
    On Friday the incident I described I driving a 2014 Ford Taurus SHO that will go from 0 to 60 in the blink if an eye but because of traffic passing on the left I had no where to maneuver. Had I blown or lost a front tire which has happened to me at least 4 times in the past 3 years then that pretty white Kenworth from St. George Utah would have literally gone over the top of me.. Tailgating has been the major contributor to the loss of life on I-80 ever since if was constructed. A few years back 21 died near Cheyenne when people following too close were unable to react and to this day I believe 4 of the bodies have not yet been identified.

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