Wyoming license plate proposal could help lower fatal vehicle-animal collisions

Wyoming News January 15, 2018

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Wyoming license plate proposal could help lower fatal vehicle-animal collisions

Cheyenne, WY.  –  One out of fifteen fatal crashes in Wyoming are attributed to animal-vehicle collisions, but one Wyoming lawmaker has an idea to help fund preventative efforts to help lower those statistics.

Green River Democratic Representative Stan Blake says that a new, state issued, special wildlife license plate could help to fund structural efforts like overpasses, underpasses, fencing and signs along wildlife migration corridors.

The idea is that the optional $100 license plate would help fund construction of the safety structures and help to lower the crash statistics at the same time.

The Legislative Service Office estimates the bill could generate $50,000 for wildlife conservation efforts over the next three years.

While the Wyoming state Legislature hasn’t been keen on creating new license plates in previous years, Blake thinks that the wildlife license plate measure could pass during the upcoming budget session in February.

The Muley Fanatic Foundation has a link on their website where Wyomingites can voice their support of House bill 0039’s wildlife license plates.

WYDOT has shown-off other examples of the proposed plates that could feature pronghorn and elk, in addition to mule deer, if the measure passes.

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