Wyoming State Highway 59 is a north/south roadway spanning approximately 110 miles between Douglas and Gillette. Due to increased traffic, recent crashes and citizen concerns on this highway, the Wyoming Highway Patrol is responding.

Additional troopers within the respective districts will be brought into the area to focus on all traffic related issues, being visible and taking the appropriate form of action on traffic issues encountered. The Patrol's Mobile Education and Enforcement Teams (MEET) will also be brought in to work the increased commercial vehicle traffic on the highways of concern.

Based on comments citizens presented to Colonel John Butler in Douglas and Wright, troopers will be focusing on the following issues: aggressive drivers; enforcing the speed limits coming into and leaving the cities; speeds through the town of Bill; speeds and passing in three-lane sections; passing in no-passing zones; impeding traffic; large commercial vehicle movements; school buses picking up and dropping off children; any and all traffic-related issues encountered. The Patrol will also focus increasing safety on Highways 50, 387, and 450 as they continue to encounter similar patterns.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol can have a positive impact in increasing safety in these areas of concern, but we cannot do it alone. Colonel Butler emphasizes if everyone can make good decisions before getting behind the wheel, practice patience while driving on the highways, avoid distractions and focus on the driving task, the impact on increased safety would be substantially significant.