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Wyoming 8 remembered in media campaign

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Monday marks the twelfth anniversary of a dark day in Wyoming's history.

12 years ago the Wyoming 8, a group of University of Wyoming cross country runners, were killed by a drunk driver.

The Governor's Council on Impaired Driving recently released a media campaign hoping to shift the state's mindset on drunk driving.

Sheridan County Community Prevention Specialist Thom Gabrukiewicz says since those young men died more than 600 others were killed by drunk drivers in Wyoming.

"All of them had just absolutely promising futures, that it actually made people stop and think.  But as time goes, there's forgetfulness and everything else," said Gabrukiewicz.

He also says last year 69 percent of all arrests in Wyoming were alcohol related and 79 percent in Sheridan County were alcohol related.

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