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Increased Fatalities on Montana Roads

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MONTANA -

Montana Highway Patrol reports the fatality count on Montana roads is up this year.

Troopers indicate there have been 93 deaths so far this year; 14 more than this same time last year.

MHP Sgt. Craig Baum says part of the increase in fatalities this year involves multiple victims in a single vehicle. But Baum says most of the fatalities are due to increased traffic caused by the Bakken oil boom in Eastern Montana.

"A lot of people that work in the oil fields don't live there," Sgt. Craig Baum says. "They work at some kind of shift where they have two weeks on, two weeks off or two weeks on, one week off. And they live, a lot of them live in Idaho, they live in Western Montana and they're traveling through here."

Sgt. Baum says 80% of deaths and serious injuries happen in cars traveling under 40 mph and within 25 miles of someone's house. 75% of fatalities this year have involved people not wearing their seat belt.

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