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41 percent of Wyo. traffic deaths alcohol-related

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Alcohol played a role in 41 percent of the

deaths on Wyoming’s roads last year.

     There were 116 fatal crashes in the state in 2009 and alcohol

was a factor in 55 of those deaths.

     The five-year average for the percentage of traffic deaths

involving alcohol is 38.

     Wyoming’s highway safety coordinator, Dee West Peterson, tells

the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that the state isn’t winning the battle

against drunken driving. She said the solution involves education,

enforcement and prosecution.

     Last year, the Legislature failed to pass measures that would

have made refusing to take blood-alcohol tests a crime and

increased drunken driving penalties.

     Laramie is moving toward passing its own tougher penalties for

drunken drivers.


     Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle – Cheyenne,

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