WYDOT Highway Safety Programs

Supporting our mission to reduce the number of unintentional injuries in Wyoming children and adolescents, Cheyenne Regional Injury Prevention partners with the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) to implement important safety programs in our community.

For more information on either program below, please contact our Injury Prevention Coordinator at (307) 432-2679.

Buckle Up Kids Program

The Buckle Up Kids Program—a partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide, WYDOT Highway Safety Program, Wyoming Department of Health, Safe Kids Wyoming and the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Foundation—is a comprehensive statewide initiative that trains and certifies volunteer personnel to provide child safety seat checks in their communities.

In addition to training technicians and community advocates, the Buckle Up Kids program provides technical support with one statewide data center on checkers, certified trainers, advocates and the checkup results.

Facts and statistics about motor-vehicle-related injuries

  • Motor-vehicle-related injuries kill more children and young adults than any other single cause in the United States. These crashes are the leading cause of death from unintentional injury for persons of all ages
  • Motor vehicle crashes account for nearly 42% of all unintentional childhood injury-related deaths (0-14)
  • In 2011, Wyoming had 22 people (0-21 years) killed in motor vehicle crashes. Of those lives lost (0-21 years), 12 failed to use proper restraints. A total of 135 deaths occurred in Wyoming due to motor vehicle crashes, and of that, 63% were NOT restrained. (Wyoming Highway Patrol Fatal Summary, 2012)
  • In 2012, according to the Safe Kids Wyoming database from checkup events, 91.89% of parents/caregivers used their seatbelts

Safe Communities

Safe Communities is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the number of unintentional injuries in the area. Region 1 of Safe Communities consists of 4 Wyoming counties: Albany County, Carbon County, Goshen County and Laramie County.

The program aims to educate Wyoming residents on the following topics:

  • Youth occupant protection
  • Adult occupant protection
  • Youth impaired driving
  • Adult impaired driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Helmet education