The Casper Police Department will be stepping up traffic enforcement in high-crash areas through the end of the year.
Sgt. Jeff Bullard, who oversees the agency’s traffic division, said Monday the department pulled crash data for the past three years and looked for trends. After identifying a few hot spots, the department set up hidden sensors to gather more traffic speed information.
After analyzing the additional data, the agency chose to begin enforcement in two areas: 21st Street between Kingsbury Street and Wyoming Boulevard and the school zone near Manor Heights Elementary on 15th Street.
As the program rolls out, one or two officers will be assigned to the areas twice a day, two days a week, Bullard said. He said their assignments to the high-enforcement zones will be contingent upon the data, which indicate what times of day drivers speed.
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Bullard referred to the program’s implementation as a “soft opening.” In the new year, the agency will roll it out in other areas around town. He declined to say what those areas are but indicated the department will provide more information come January.
Police will post signs in the area indicating they are part of the data-driven crash reduction program. The signs’ message will be similar to Bullard’s.
“Slow down. Wear your seat belts. Don’t drink and drive,” he said. “If you do ... it’s zero tolerance.”