More State Troopers Needed?

Cheyenne, Wy – The head of the Wyoming Highway Patrol says a study shows the patrol is understaffed by 122 officers. Colonel John Cox told the Joint Appropriations Committee that some three million dollars recommended by the Governor to pay for ten new patrol officers is needed to deal with issues like fatigue and that ability to keep roads open. Cox also says it would make roads safer because more traffic stops cut down on the number of accidents. He says this is especially true during bad weather and on some of the roads where there have been a high number of crashes. He also responded to questions about staffing saying that they are already trying to be as inovative as possible.