- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Laramie County District Court judge has denied a request by the Casper Star-Tribune to access fatal car crash reports.

The newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/1KbCoNT ) that it had previously requested statewide data on fatal car crashes from the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

WYDOT argues that the records are protected under a state statute that makes them confidential. Before the amendment was passed in 2013, fatal crash reports were accessible to the public. The amendment was meant to encourage drivers to file accident reports.

The Star-Tribune has until Jan. 31 to decide if it will appeal the ruling. The newspaper’s attorney Bruce Moats says he does not agree with the court’s decision, saying that denying access to government records is unconstitutional.

Moats says he is talking to lawmakers about possibly changing the amendment.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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