Montana drivers rank as some of the worst in the nation. The reasons why we have such poor drivers has nothing to do with traffic. Montana doesn't have most of the traffic issues that big cities around the country have. A lot of what makes Montana's drivers so bad has to do with the decisions they make.

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Montana drivers rank as some of the worst in the nation for:

  • Drunk drivers involved in fatal collisions.
  • DUI arrests
  • Drowsy drivers
  • Driving too fast

Another category where Montana not only ranks high, but is at the top, is distracted drivers using cell phones. According to a press release from the Anidjar & Levine Law Firm, they looked at crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2018-2022. According to the report, Montana ranks as the number one most deadly state for fatal crashes that involve a "distracted driver where a cell phone is the distraction."

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There are some things that make driving in Montana difficult that we have no control over, like the weather. But there are other ways that Montana drivers can cut down on fatal crashes in our state and they can be pretty simple.

  • Don't drink and drive. Always designate a sober driver.
  • Slow down, you don't have to go 10 miles over the speed limit all the time.
  • If you are tired, take a break and rest.
  • Put the cell phone away while driving.

Montana continues to strive for "Vision Zero", which is zero fatal or major injury crashes in our state. Together we can try to achieve this goal, but it takes some effort from everyone.

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Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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