Wyoming Highway Patrol data shows decline in alcohol-related crashes

Alcohol-related crashes appear to have dropped on Wyoming highways in 2017 compared to years prior, but by how much is not yet clear.

Preliminary data from the Wyoming Highway Patrol indicates that the number of alcohol-related crashes in the state dropped by 24 percent, from 712 in 2016 to 542 last year. That number is not final, however, as the department is still waiting for some toxicology screens to come back. The screenings can take as long as 7 weeks to complete, a highway patrol spokesman said.

Although the final number is likely to change, Sgt. Kyle McKay said it is likely that 2017 number will come in below 2016’s, which also dropped compared to the prior year.