Laramie, Wy – There have been 21 more highway fatalities this year than last year and we still have to get through New Year's Eve. The state has seen 191 deaths on the road in 2006 and that number could increase as a winter blizzard hits southeastern Wyoming. That's according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol's Sergeant Stephen Townsend, "Crashes will increase because of the icy and snow-packed roads. So we're bracing for that. But it does look like we're going to have a high number of fatalities this year, compared to last year."
Townsend says to watch out for slippery bridge surfaces and avoid using cruise control in bad weather. Also, he says seatbelts often mean the difference between life and death in a crash.