Impaired driving is deadly driving. Law enforcement is increasing patrols on the roads in the Missoula area, along with the Montana Highway Patrol statewide, around the July 4 holiday to remind motorists to drive sober or get pulled over.
Summer is the deadliest time of year for motor vehicle crashes. Nearly half of all fatal crashes happen in the summer months. Over the last five years, 47 percent of these fatalities involved an impaired driver.
Driving under the influence can result in up to $10,000 in fines, court-ordered monitoring and classes and even jail time. Before celebrating, start with a plan for sober transportation.
Nearly 30 deaths have occurred on Montana roads since the beginning of June…making it the deadliest June in decades.