(Fremont County, WY) – Colonel Kebin Haller of the Wyoming Highway Patrol and Colonel Matthew Packard, Chief of Colorado State Patrol, have partnered up to remind Wyoming and Colorado drivers to buckle up.
In addition to the video, WHP has released the following statement regarding seat belt use:
So far this year, Wyoming has experienced 39 fatalities from motor vehicle crashes, with 60% of those fatally injured, not wearing a seatbelt.
Wearing a seatbelt is a straightforward step motorists can do to increase their chances of surviving a motor vehicle crash. Single vehicle rollover crashes without seatbelt use continue to be the most significant contributing factor in fatal crashes investigated by Wyoming State Troopers.
If involved in a rollover crash, you are more likely to experience a serious injury from being tossed around inside the vehicle or ejected from the vehicle if you are not properly restrained.
While motorists enjoy traveling to summer festivities this year, please remember to buckle up. In-state residents make up 69% of fatal crashes so far this year in Wyoming.
We can all do better by taking the extra few seconds to buckle up and make sure everyone else in your vehicle is wearing a seatbelt before you head out to a destination.
Let’s all do our part this summer to ensure a safer Wyoming.