Wyoming Highway Patrol drone

Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Matt Brackin photographs the parking areas along Highway 22 for Wyoming Department of Transportation avalanche forecaster Brenden Cronin. Highway Patrol bought nine drones with grant funding that will primarily help with crash investigations, though they also plan to use the drones should other nearby agencies need aerial photos or video.

A federal innovation grant is helping the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Wyoming Highway Patrol launch a statewide drone program.

Lt. Matt Brackin, the Highway Patrol’s first certified pilot, said options are endless for how drones will help in their everyday work.

Wyoming Highway Patrol drone

A Parrot Anafi drone hovers above Highway 22 recently at Teton Pass. It’s part of a fleet of nine being flown around Wyoming by state employees.

Wyoming Highway Patrol drone

Wyoming Highway Patrol has committed to partner with WYDOT to help avalanche forecasters get a bird’s-eye view of avalanche debris and start zones to avoid having to hike into avalanche terrain or hire a helicopter pilot

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

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