With the 4th of July right around the corner, travel experts are already predicting that this year will break records for how many people will be traveling. That means a lot of people will be on Montana's roads.

We know that data supports troubling realities about driving in Montana. In the past, we've covered stories with findings such as:

However, the latest study shows that driving in Montana is especially dangerous around the 4th of July.

And it's dangerous for several reasons. Alarming data shows that Montana is #1 in four different measurements of fatal crashes around the July 4th holiday.

The car insurance savings app Jerry looked at data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Census Bureau for this study, and the days that surround the 4th of July. Here's what they found:

Montana #1: Most Fatal Crashes Per Capita

While it's not the state with the most crashes, that would be California, it is #1 in crashes per capita.

Deadliest states per capita for driving

Montana #1: Speeing-Related Fatal Crashes

If you will be traveling over the 4th of July holiday weekend, the data suggests that slowing down could help keep you safe, as Montana is #1 for speed-related crashes.

graph with speed related crashes

Montana #1: Drug-Related Fatal Crashes

This data is separate from drinking-related crashes.

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Graphs with drug related crashes

Montana #1: Drinking-Related Fatal Crashes

Being #1 for both drinking and drug-related crashes merits a PSA: please have a designated driver.

graph showing drinking related crashes

If you'd like to read more about the statistics surrounding 4th of July traffic, visit the Jerry website.

Please be safe over the holiday, Montana.

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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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