WYDOT, WHP Urge Motorists to Stay Attentive

WYDOT, WHP Urge Motorists to Stay Attentive

There is always an influx of motorists that are out and about during the holidays, which makes driver attentiveness that much more important. Officials with the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Wyoming Highway Patrol are urging drivers to put distractions away and focus on driving to help reduce or eliminate fatalities associated with distracted driving. WYDOT Director Bill Panos explains that safe driving requires a combination of skills, dexterity, and focus, making anything that takes your attention away from the road a hazard.

According to a news release, regular forms of distracted driving include texting, eating, and changing a radio station. All of those are examples of things that a driver should avoid. Fatal crashes in Wyoming that are attributed to distracted driving have been at an average of almost 9 deaths per year from 2013-2017. Nationwide, about 3,450 lives were lost in 2016 alone.


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