Montana Highway Patrol reports deadly start to July on statewide roads

Posted at 7:07 PM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 21:07:15-04

HELENA – At least eight fatal crashes have happened on Montana roads so far in July 2018 as of Friday, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. These crashes including four separate and unrelated fatal crashes on Thursday alone.

The highway patrol attributes the crashes to not wearing a seatbelt, speed and impairment. Troopers say these are the leading causes of vehicle fatalities in Montana.

The highway patrol says that reducing the fatalities on Montana roads ultimately depends on people making good decisions before getting behind the wheel.

Sheriff Leo Dutton of Lewis and Clark County recommends if people know they’re going to be drinking to plan ahead, so that someone doesn’t harm themselves or others by driving.

“That’s what we want for our Montana roads,” Dutton said, “We’re not trying to raise funds. We’re trying to prevent death, needless death and keep our citizens safe.”

Law enforcement would also like to remind people that increased patrols will continue through the weekend.

With the bump in fatal accidents, all Montana law enforcement officers are asking drivers to be safe and make good decisions on the roads.

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