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Mon January 18, 2010
State gets low grade for highway safety laws
Laramie, WY – Wyoming is ranked as the fourth worst state for driver safety laws that is by a national advocacy group.
The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety says Wyoming gets credit for only 5 laws when it comes to the 15 laws the group considers essential for promoting roadway safety.
The group says the state could improve if it approved such measures as a primary enforcement seat belt law, beefed up impaired driving laws, required all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet, approved text messaging restrictions, and added laws intended to reduce traffic deaths among teens.
Republican Sen. Tony Ross of Cheyenne says legislation is coming to strengthen the state's impaired driving laws.
The advocacy group says there were 159 motor vehicle fatalities in Wyoming in 2008.
States scoring lower than Wyoming were South Dakota, Arizona and North Dakota.