Posted: Jan 8, 2013 4:07 PM by Katy Harris KXLF News
Updated: Jan 8, 2013 4:14 PM
BUTTE - The Montana Highway Patrol Butte Division has had 24 highway fatalities annually for the last 3 years. MHP says the goal is to reduce that number and ultimately have no fatalities.
Law enforcement agencies, DUI Task Force and community groups have been working together to reduce that number. Distracted driving and not wearing seat belts was a big contributor to those fatalities in our area. There was also a jump in day time related crashes.
The Butte Division stretches from Helena to the Idaho Border.
Captain Gary Becker says our division's fatality rate is comparable to others our size.
"We're pretty average compared to other districts the size of our district. Of course we have seven counties that we cover and there are a lot of rural roads. Pay attention when you're driving, wear your seat belts and drive safely," says Becker.
He adds that speed and inclement weather were not major contributing factors to highway fatalities in 2012.