Posted: Jul 3, 2013 8:25 AM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
HELENA - Montana has been ranked fifth in the nation for road conditions, but comes in last when it comes to the number of roadway fatalities in a study based on performance and efficiency conducted by the Reason Foundation.
The fatality ranking is based on a percentage of fatalities per 100-million vehicle miles traveled (VMT). But a researcher suggests that with a smaller population like Montana's, the number can skew with just a few fatal crashes.
The study looked at data over a three-year period, from 2007 to 2009, reported by states to the federal government. The aim was to compare road conditions and cost-effectiveness between states.
Montana has just over 11,000 miles under its control and the study suggests that for a small population with a lot of territory, the state has done a good job of maintaining its highways.
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