MHP: Fatalities on Montana roadways hit three-year low in 2018

Posted at 11:53 AM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 13:54:19-05

BOZEMAN – The number of fatal accidents on Montana roads fell again in 2018.

There were 182 fatalities on Montana roadways last year, which is down from 186 in 2017, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

The state saw decreases in fatalities on interstates and secondary roadways and increases on urban, primary, and rural roads.

Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Pat McLaughlin said engineering, education, and enforcement have helped drivers stay safer.

“You know what impacts folks the most is enforcement. We’re out on the roads stopping violators and every time we stop a violator, everybody that goes by us is affected by that. They see the lights, they react to it, so we’re not just affecting the one person we pull over,” McLaughlin said.

The number of fatalities is the lowest the state has seen in three years.

-Reported by Carson Vickroy/MTN News