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Sheriff Scott A. Steward
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SHERIFF URGES SAFE DRIVING DURING TOURIST SEASON
The tourist season has arrived in Park County, and Sheriff Scott Steward reminds residents that, with the influx of visitors to the region, driving behaviors will begin to vary greatly. Residents should use extra caution during the peak summer months as driving behaviors may become irregular.
“Ours is one of the most beautiful areas in the country,” said Sheriff Steward. “The scenery and wildlife that we as residents many times take for granted, may be a once-in-a-lifetime event for our visitors. And while we welcome each and every visitor to our wonderful community, we need to be prepared for the unpredictable nature of their driving when navigating the highways of Park County especially those in and out of the greater Yellowstone area.”
Besides being especially vigilant, there are certain additional steps motorists can do to increase their safety on the roadways:
- Drive with increased awareness when traveling in known tourist areas or around vehicles with out-of-state license plates. Tourists are liable to stop, slow, or swerve at any time and drivers should be especially prepared for these actions.
- Be particularly alert when driving in wildlife areas due to the unpredictable nature of the animals.
- Slow down and increase the following distance between you and other cars. When traveling at a higher rate of speed, your ability to take evasive action is greatly reduced and the force of impact in the event of a collision, is increased. Reducing your speed will also increase your response time to avoid a possible collision.
- Practice active driving. Distracted driving, such as driving while talking on your cell phone, text messaging, which is illegal in Wyoming or chatting with passengers is even more dangerous at this time of the year.
- Be especially mindful of motorcycle traffic. Park County attracts literally thousands of motorcycles each year and they are the smallest vehicles on the road. Unfortunately they provide virtually no protection in a crash. Be especially cautious when pulling out in front of a motorcycle. The speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle may be difficult to judge. When in doubt, wait for the motorcycle to pass before pulling into oncoming traffic.
- As always, make sure you and your passengers obey Wyoming statutes by wearing seatbelts.
“Above all, be patient,” concluded Steward. “Understand the behaviors and attitudes of our visitors as they take in the wonders of Park County.” For additional information on safe driving tips, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE PARTICIPATES IN “ALIVE AT 25”
On Wednesday, May 1st, Park County Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Cooke joined instructors from the Wyoming Highway Patrol at Meeteetse High School for a session of Alive at 25. This program is a 4½ hour driver’s awareness course designed by the National Safety Council for young drivers ages 15-24.
Vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 24. The National Safety Council, a leader in driver improvement training for more than 40 years, developed Alive at 25 to specifically target drivers in this age group. This highly interactive program encourages young drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 to take responsibility for their driving behavior. Skill practices and on-the-spot defensive driving techniques help change bravado to confidence.
Alive at 25 instructors use personal examples and even humor to get their point across. They use workbook exercises, interactive media segments, group discussions, role-playing, and short lectures to help young drivers develop convictions and strategies that will keep them safer on the road.
For more information on the program, to see the course schedule in Wyoming or to schedule a presentation, visit their website at: https://aliveat25.us/index.php.