CASPER, Wyo. — Preliminary data from the Wyoming Highway Patrol indicates that the number of alcohol-related crashes in the state dropped last year by 24 percent.

So far, the patrol has counted 542 alcohol-related crashes in 2017, down from 712 in 2016.

However, the Casper Star-Tribune reports that the numbers are not final because the department is still waiting for some toxicology screens to come back.

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.

Fatalities on Wyoming roads totaled 123 in 2017, up 11 from the year prior, but down 22 from 2015.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

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