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Recently, Park County has seen its share of single-vehicle rollover car crashes, and Sheriff Scott Steward is urging drivers to learn the preventative measures that can insure their safety.  “Rollover crashes — those during which vehicles flip over and over or end over end — are among the most deadly type of car crashes,” said Steward.  “And when the roads are covered with snow and ice, even the most experienced drivers can have difficulty.  A patch of ice can cause a driver to lose control, sending their vehicle into a ditch or down an embankment and into a rollover.”

Of the nearly 9.1 million passenger car, SUV, pickup and van crashes in 2010, only 2.1% involved a rollover.  However, rollovers accounted for nearly 35% of all deaths from passenger vehicle crashes.  In 2010 alone, more than 7,600 people died in rollover crashes. The majority of them (69%) were not wearing safety belts.  Because many rollovers involve just one vehicle, driving habits can make the difference between flipping off the road and arriving alive. The Park County Sheriff’s Office urges drivers to follow these tips to keep from rolling over:
1. Take it slowly.  About as many people are killed in speeding-related crashes as in rollovers, and often the two are connected.  Driving within the speed limit is always recommended, but when roads are snowy and icy, it’s better to drive even slower than posted limits.  Extra caution can keep you from careening off the road if you hit a patch of ice. 

2. Maneuver your vehicle properly in emergencies and learn how to handle slippery roads.  Your vehicle is more likely to flip and roll if you panic and overcorrect the steering wheel. 

3. Keep an eye on your tires.  Driving on worn-out tires is more likely to make vehicles skid and flip.  Check the inflation, because if your tires don’t have enough air, the car will be harder to control if you slide or make a sudden maneuver. 

4. Be extra careful on rural roads.  About 75 percent of rollovers occur on those roads. Motorists often get slightly off the highway, and then overcorrect, which can cause a vehicle to flip into a ditch or embankment and roll over. 

5. Pay attention to load limits and your center of gravity.  Your vehicle owner’s manual addresses heavy loads and the distribution of weight. Read it closely and make sure that putting heavy objects on the roof or in a truck bed won’t endanger the vehicle’s occupants. 

And most important, always wear your seat belts.  Seat belts are key in preventing injury in all types of vehicle accidents, but they are absolutely vital when it comes to preventing fatal accidents and serious injury in car rollover accidents.  Seat belts keep you from being thrown from your seat as the car begins to roll. If you are not wearing your seat belt as the car flips, your head could come into contact with the roof, causing a serious head injury or traumatic brain injury.  When you are wearing your seat belt when the car flips, you stay secured in your seat and can avoid slamming into the roof of your car. 

Moreover, seat belts prevent you from being ejected or partially ejected from the vehicle.  Possibly the worst thing that can happen to you during a rollover car accident is being ejected from the vehicle.  Being fully ejected or partially ejected from your car during a wreck puts you in danger either of being crushed by the car or of being catapulted out of the car at high speeds.  In some cases, car accident victims have even been struck by oncoming vehicles after being ejected during a crash.  A properly working seat belt will absolutely prevent you from being ejected from a car during a crash. You will, in effect, roll with the vehicle until it comes to a stop instead of either being thrown out of the car or being thrown around inside of the car. 
For more information on the dynamics of rollover car crashes and additional information on how to avoid them, go to the Safer Car website at: 



Non-Emergency Numbers
  (307) 527-8700
Powell: (307) 754-8700

Sheriff’s Civil Process &

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cody:   (307) 527-8710
Powell: (307) 754-8710

General Fax Number:
Cody:   (307) 527-8708
Powell: (307) 754-8708

Sheriff’s Detention Center:
Cody:   (307) 527-8750
Powell: (307) 754-8750

Detention Center Administrative Assistant:
(307) 527-8714 or
(307) 754-8714

Park County/ Cody Law
Enforcement Center
1402 River View Drive
Cody, WY 82414

Sheriff Scott Steward announced today the appointment of Deputy Rob Cooke to the department’s patrol division.  Deputy Cooke was reassigned from the Park County Detention Facility and will begin his new duties immediately.  He will patrol out of the Powell District.  He replaces long-time Deputy Bruce Olson who recently retired.
“Patrol deputies are primarily responsible for providing public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations,” said Sheriff Steward.  “I have the utmost confidence that Deputy Cooke will serve the citizens of Park County in the manner to which they have come to expect; with pride, compassion, and professionalism.”
Deputy Cooke has been with the Park County Sheriff’s Office since 2005 where he served as a first line supervisor in the detention facility.  He is a 20-year veteran of the United States Army where he completed tours in Operation Desert Storm as well as deployments to Kuwait and Bosnia.  While in the Army he attended Military Leadership School and was trained as an Anti-Terrorism Advisor. 
Rob currently resides in Powell and is engaged to be married.  He has four children: two boys ages 31 and 28 and two girls ages 21 and 15.


  • Population - (28,702 from 2012 Census iinformation)

• The county seat is Cody.

• The county contains the
majority of Yellowstone
National Park's total area. 


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