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Roadway Fatalities Nearly Double From Last Year

It's only September, and the state has already seen over a dozen more vehicle fatalities then all of last year, and distracted drivers are a big cause.

“I think a lot of it is unfortunately still cell phones. When you do that you take your eyes off the road for even a second, and things can seriously happen.” said Detective John Hatcher of the Casper Police Department.

State troopers say distractions are one of the top causes of fatal crashes

“Texting, social media updates, people, are doing a lot thing while driving that's taking their attention off the road, and every time you do that, you're covering ground and if you're not watching the road, things happen in front of you and by the time you look up, it’s too late.” said Trooper Adam Bruning of the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

So far this year, the state has seen 101 fatalities on Wyoming roadways. That's nearly double the number at this time last year, and already over a dozen more than all vehicle fatalities in 20-13.

“The biggest thing that we want to tell people is that every time you take your eyes off the road, you know, things can happen in front of you and if you're not watching your reaction time is going to be delayed, and you won't be able to see what happens.” said Bruning.

Not wearing a seatbelt during these accidents is deadly.

“Some people do die with seat belts on but the statistics are a lot higher survival rate when you wear your seat belt verses when you don't have a seat belt on.” said Hatcher.

Troopers say another factor is speeding.

“People love to speed in Wyoming. Last year, the highway patrol alone in the state of Wyoming wrote 70-thousand speeding tickets.”

And speeding plus distractions, equals a deadly combination.

“Whenever you have speed, and if you throw another factor in there such as impairment, all these factors can keep building up and it’s a recipe for disaster.” said Bruning.


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