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CHEYENNE — 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.

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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.

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