Reduce speed limits during winter months to 65 and enforce it.
— Ken Boatwright
Toll Road and limit the number of trucks. Variable enforced speed limits and close the road ahead of a storm and high winds. Add additional lanes for Trucks only.
— Jan Nelson
Higher dollar fines for driving too fast for conditions. Speeding seems to be a major factor. There should be penalties for risking everyone’s lives not just their own.
— Joan Leimbach Brust
Start paying State Employees a competitive wage so we have enough plow drivers and Troopers to keep the roads maintained and open!
— Nodnarb Trekced
The companies the truckers work for need big consequences too. When suppliers dock companies and companies push truckers to arrive by certain times.
— Sharon White Miller
Make all of I-80 a toll road for commercial vehicles, double toll in winter. 55 mph for anything with a trailer, chain laws or traction devices anytime there is snow on the road.
— Dustin Smart
Lower the semi truck speed limit 5 to 10 mph less than other vehicles. Not just winter months but always!
— Carol Price-Tripp
Every time I drive I-80, the number of semis on that highway is terrifying. I know we need them, especially in Wyoming. Can we widen it to have more lanes? Also, there needs to be more ways to address the blowing snow. More fencing would help. Also like others, vary the speed limits and on bad weather days, slow it down more.
— Debi Hutta
Heavier fines and limited traffic. Don’t fine the drivers alone. Fine the companies to force policies on their drivers. If they are subcontracted and own the truck take their CDL. That’ll teach them. They should be the safest drivers out there. They are supposed to be professionals. Treat them as such. Time to bring down a heavy hand.
— Steven Smathers
The companies that the drivers are working for need to be fined. Sure the truck drivers get a ticket/fine, but the fine needs to go to who they are working for & that fine needs to be something like 50-fold. Drive your rig into the ditch — $1,000 and the company gets a $50,000 fine. Hit someone & you are at fault — $10,000 and the company gets a $500,000 fine. The companies are often the ones pressuring the drivers to go across this stretch of road, and give them no time allowances according to weather. Hit them in the wallet and they will think differently.
— Anne Haverhals
Honestly, it’s more on the the drivers to be responsible and drive according to conditions.
If it’s blowing snow and ice, don’t drive 80. Pay attention. If you even question your ability to handle to road, don’t go until it clears.
As other are saying, lower the speed limit when it’s icky out. 65 or lower for regular vehicles, 45 for truckers.
— Kelly Mae Bailey
Get sand trucks and snow plows out sooner. Anyone that has ever driven between Wamsutter and Rawlins knows it turns into a skating rink when it snows. But, the sand trucks never seem to show up until after trucks and cars are in the ditches or crashed. WYDOT needs to be more responsive and using salt would also be helpful.
— Paul Townsend
Lower the speed limit in the winter to 55 mph. Fine anyone exceeding it double, just like construction zones! No exceptions!
What is much needed is higher police enforcement, particularly when there is a reduced speed limit. The WYDOT rolling signs reducing the speed limit during bad weather are well-placed and seem to be very accurate for conditions, but many many times when I have been driving at the lowered speed, I've been passed at a high rate by truckers as well as cars. There appears to be no regard for the lowered speed.
Mount a large education campaign on the need for the temporary speed limit reductions. Make it an alarm on cell phones just like an Amber Alert when cell phones are in a reduced-speed area. Also needed is lower limit enforcement! Even if the cops aren't giving out tickets, they have stopped and counseled folks with the seriousness of the conditions, slowing them down.
After a road closure, open the road in a staggered fashion and do it slowly, having two snow plows or troopers in the lead, side-by-side driving slow enough for safety, like leading a parade. I have been exactly in this situation in Colorado heading south on I-25 and even though I was anxious to get to Denver, being stuck in yet another accident on the highway was also unacceptable as at least we were moving forward.
Thanks for listening to folks' concerns and tapping into many collective ideas of readers.
Last week the Laramie City Council passed a resolution committing the city to work towards carbon neutrality by 2050. First, thank you, City Council members, for adopting a vision that will save our community resources while moving towards a more livable future. Second, thank you, City Staff members, who worked hard to assess the feasibility of the goals that will direct planning for municipal operations. Third, thank you, Environmental Advisory Committee members, for creating a plan that is both visionary and feasible. Lastly, thank you members of the Laramie community who have supported efforts to move Laramie towards a better future of sustainability.
But what does this mean for our community? This is a first step that moves the city’s municipal operations towards a cleaner future – a greener fleet of vehicles and operating equipment, improved management of emissions from our waste systems, improved building efficiencies, elimination of carbon-rich plastic and hard-to-dispose-of bags. The city has already been active in improving efficiency, but it can now dig deeper into programs that benefit us all.
What about the general community? How can business and homeowners improve energy efficiencies in a cost-effective manner? Could we share solar installations or bulk-buy for a reduced rate? Can we have a green public transportation option? What incentives can the city provide homeowners? The opportunities seem endless.
What about the University of Wyoming, the largest and most influential institution in our city? Will it contribute to this vision? A net carbon-neutral University should have policy appeal to students, faculty and staff. A “green” campus will attract more students. Departments and physical plant must put sustainability at the forefront. Carbon capture efforts at the coal-fired power plant must be implemented. This is opportunity for UW to lead.
There’s much work to be done to become a carbon-neutral community. We can achieve this goal at the same time that we uphold Wyoming’s values of independence and fiscal responsibility. The actions of the Laramie City Council are a great reflection of both our community and the grand landscapes that surround us.
The problems with I-80 began years ago, and the immediate issue of multiple vehicle crashes were predicted at that time. In addition to the poor location of the interstate is the poor response Wyoming has for the pressure from the trucking industry to keep it open, even when conditions are dicey at best. Truck drivers continue to be pressured, too, to get from point A to point B with abandon. This puts all other drivers at risk.
That said, there needs to be more active management of traffic on this interstate. As the trucks get to points along the road where they can make the last good decision to wait out the storm, they should be encouraged, if not forced.
We watch videos that show the mash of metal, wheels and unfortunately bodies, and in the background is someone speaking a language other than English. This may mean they don't get the warnings -- if there are warnings.
We need to work closely with the trucking industry and the railroad companies to combine forces and use rail for freight as was done before.
Trump confidant and friend Roger Stone was strung up by swamp creatures having a tantrum over the fact that Hillary lost the election.
The FBI knows that if they interview someone long enough, sooner or later he will say something that they can construe as a lie. The FBI interviewed Roger Stone for days. They asked Stone if he’d had contact with Assange. “Not that I remember,” Stone said. They asked Stone the same question over and over until Stone said, “There was no contact.”
“Gotcha,” said the FBI because they knew that in the thousands of emails that Stone received daily there was one letter, a form letter, not from Assange, but from Assange’s organization. It was a “say nothing” letter. Nevertheless, the FBI said that Stone lied and since it is a felony to lie to the FBI, the game was on.
The FBI also lied about Trump. Lies upon lies. Players have admitted that the “golden showers” report was manufactured from plain cloth, then paid for by none other than Hillary Clinton. In addition to Stone they entrapped three other Trump executives just to make Trump look guilty.
The FBI knew that the only place they could get a conviction was in Washington, D.C. where, as it turned out, a jury of swamp creatures could not bring themselves around to giving Stone a fair trial.
Use variable speed limits on I-80. Every 10 miles signage can be installed and controlled to lower/raise limits at any time and assess a $100 fine for every mile above the posted limit if caught speeding.
Oregon has a variable speed limit corridor and can adjust the signs as needed.
While Wyoming often prides itself on being isolated from the mainstream, it is certainly not immune to all the world health scares. There is much confusion and concern surrounding COVID-19, or the coronavirus. As the number of cases rise in the United States, it is important that we take precautions to keep ourselves and our communities safe. While each day brings updates, by taking certain steps recommended by health officials and experts to keep yourself healthy, we can slow the spread of the virus.
First and foremost, everyone should wash their hands often. Scrubbing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is a good idea after leaving a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends avoiding close contact with others. Plan ahead and make sure you are only taking essential trips to larger public areas.
The coronavirus has made its way to Wyoming. Health officials advise that if you feel that you have become sick, the best thing to do is to stay home if possible. If you are caring for a sick loved one, it is especially important to clean and sanitize frequently-touched surfaces like doorknobs or light switches.
Earlier this month, Congress passed more than $8 billion in funding to aid the fight against the coronavirus. It provides $7.76 billion for testing individuals with symptoms and for agencies combating the coronavirus. It also includes another $500 million to allow Medicare to expand the use of telemedicine during the outbreak. As part of this funding bill, Wyoming received $4.57 million for state and local public health responses to the coronavirus. I will continue to work with my colleagues and the administration to respond to this crisis.
According to the CDC, a good way to prevent an illness is to avoid high-risk environments, even if you are not showing symptoms. We must take it upon ourselves, following cautionary steps, to slow the spread of this virus within our communities. If you have questions regarding the coronavirus, I encourage you to contact the Wyoming Department of Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To reduce crashes on Interstate 80, you need to slow the truckers down. In Idaho and Montana they are restricted to the right lane only. Idaho limits them to 65. Won’t happen in Wyoming though, as the Wyoming Trucking Association has a huge lobby anytime laws affecting trucks are proposed. I live just off Interstate 80 and drive on it year-long. I have never seen a trucker pulled over by the WHP. Never. Seems they get a pass.
But I see truckers speeding past me in bad road conditions all the time.
A few thoughts about Mr. Trump's "peace deal" with the Taliban.
When U.S. planes bomb Taliban positions only a few days after the deal was signed, it indicates that the deal was just a waste of time, paper and ink.
Also, it was basically an agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban to call the war a draw. The two sides stop shooting at each other, the U.S. begins a gradual troop withdrawal and the Taliban negotiate to settle their differences with the U.S.-backed government.
So a draw is good enough? If so, then a draw could easily have been negotiated by the Bush/Cheney regime some six months after the invasion, when U.S./ NATO forces had the upper hand. A draw back then would have saved America over a trillion bucks and nearly 2,000 lives. And a draw shortly after Mr. Trump took office would have saved us a significant part of those costs.
The Afghanistan war has been so badly handled that the American people should have become outraged over the waste of money and blood. But the large majority have not, and that is precisely the reason the waste has gone on and on and on. And why it will keep going on.