- 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

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide