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Making Reservation highways safe

*Feature Photo: The Ribbon Cutting of the 17-Mile Road reconstruction Project. The new road will be toured on Wednesday by participants in the Wind River Highway Safety Summit. (Pitchengine Communities) * (Riverton, Wyo.) - Highway safety advocates will join the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Transportation Department Wednesday and Thursday this week for the Wind River Highway Safety Summit at the Wind River Hotel and Casino. "At this summit, we will forge new partnerships, strengthen existing relationships, and expand our understanding of various highway safety topics," said Shoshone and Arapaho Tribes Transportation Director Big John Smith. "We will hear statistics, strategies , and safety messages that will provide background information to guide us as we create an action plan to save lives and to improve highway safety on the Wind River Reservation." The summit is co-hosted by the Wyoming Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Office, and WYDOT District 5. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4 , with summit opening ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. Reservation and county safety advocates have been invited, and reservation residents are encouraged to participate and attend. Summit breakout sessions will include Highway Safety (occupant protection, texting and driving, fatigued driving, elderly driving and drunk driving), Pedestrian Safety (pedestrian and child safety, school bus safety, and school traffic safety), Law Enforcement (reservation, county, state jurisdiction and enforcement), and Drug Court and Treatment (substance abuse efforts, community safety, recovery efforts). Breakout session participants are being asked to develop action plans for improving safety on the Wind River Reservation and Fremont County. Conference participants will participate in a Wednesday afternoon bus tour of the 17-Mile Road highway improvement project, and the future Ethete South (Wyoming 132) project between Ethete and U.S. 287. The bus tour will use buses from Wind River Transportation Authority in Riverton. The safety summit resumes at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5 , and concludes with summit "Final Thoughts" from WYDOT Highway Safety Engineer Matt Carlson of Cheyenne and Assistant Tribal Transportation Director Howard Brown. [image: Inline image 1] #county10 #news