traffic fatalities

The Wyoming Senate gave initial approval to a bill that would place cameras on school buses. The idea is to capture motorists who illegally pass buses while they are stopped.  The bill allocates $5 million to purchase and install the cameras, an expense the Senate Appropriations Committee opposed.  Senate Appropriations Chairman Eli Bebout suggested that money be spent on prevention and not enforcement.  Education Chairman Hank Coe, of Cody, says prevention hasn't worked.

Wyoming has seen 28 fewer traffic fatalities in the last year. Some of that is because of efforts to curb drinking and driving…but seat belt use is also on the rise.  Wyoming Seat belt Coalition Chairwoman Connie Jacobson says that over 80 percent of state drivers now wear their seatbelts…a percentage that’s been growing.

“I think the reason that our seat belt use has increased and has been a lot better over the state overall is through awareness and all of the campaigns that the Wyoming seatbelt coalition does.”