Fewer people died on Montana highways in 2014 than the previous year. Fallon County had no traffic fatalities reported last year.
By Lori Kesinger
This was according to statistics in the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) 2014 Annual Report. Of the 56 counties in the state, the county with the most traffic deaths last year was Yellowstone with 18.
Data from the report showed 192 people were killed on Montana roads last year, down from 229 in 2013. In 2014, more fatal crashes occurred between 4 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. than any other hours of the day. Saturday more than any other day of the week and in July more than any other month of the year.
The number of fatalities in which seatbelts weren’t used were 98, a decrease of 15 people from 2013.
The top ten contributing circumstances in fatal crashes were “alcohol present”, followed by “drugs present”.
Attorney General Tim Fox stated in a letter, “Crashes where alcohol played a role rose by about 10% from 2013 to 2014; however, the number of Montana’s alcohol-related fatalities in 2014 was down compared to recent years. This is partially due to the success of the 2417 Sobriety Program, which saves lives by requiring participants to take daily breath alcohol tests.”
Fallon is one of 16 counties in MHP’s District 5, other counties are Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, Valley and Wibaux.
Twenty-five fatalities were reported in District 5, the same as 2013.
Fallon was one of five counties in the district with no traffic fatalities last year. The last time a traffic fatality was reported in Fallon was 2011 with one. The other counties with no fatalities were Custer, Dawson, Prairie and Wibaux. Roosevelt recorded the most fatalities at five.