Highway Patrol Reports Surge In Activity During Eclipse
(WYOMING) – The Wyoming State Highway Patrol (WHP) recently released some numbers associated with Troopers’ activity over the days before, during, and after the Total Solar Eclipse that took place on Monday, August 21. According to the stats included in a release issued by Sgt. McKay of the WHP, “Troopers stayed busy” and noted a “surge in traffic during the event.”
From Friday, August 18 to Monday, August 21, 2017, WHP Troopers responded to 7,505 calls for service throughout the state, as compared to 2,598 calls for service in the same time period in 2016.
During that same time period, Troopers:
• Investigated 198 crashes (compared to 98 crashes in the same time period in 2016), with 31 of those reporting injuries and one fatality.
• Stopped over 5,000 vehicles
• Issued 3,312 citations
○ 157 for Seatbelt/Child Restraint violations
○ 62 for Possession of Illegal Narcotics, with 59 of those for Possession of Marijuana
• Issued 2,029 warnings
• Arrested 25 individuals for Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI)