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Interstate crash fatalities down 50% from last year

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Montana Highway Patrol released a report showing deaths from interstate crashes are down 50 percent from this time last year. 

Not only are interstate deaths down by 50 percent, but overall freeway deaths are down by 15 percent according to highway patrol.  

"Montana seems to always be in the top states for highways deaths and incurred driving deaths," said Montana Highway Patrol Sgt Kyle Hayter. 

Montana Highway Patrol's report shows that from January 1, 2017 to October 9, 2017; there were 26 crashes and 32 fatalities. This year, there have been 16 crashes and 16 fatalities on Montana Interstates. 

"The goal is 0 deaths but really it's just trying to be out there be as proactive as we can be um and try to reduce the number of fatalities and crashes overall," said Sgt Hayter. 

With winter coming right around the corner, Hayter says Highway Patrol relies on the public to help identify impaired drivers. 

"There's only a few of us usually out working so the more help we can get from the public the greater the likelihood we can catch those before they crash," Hayter says. 

Although overall fatal crashes are down 15 percent, there is still one stat needing some improvement. 

"It looks like seat belts are at about 50 percent of the fatalities involved involve lack of seat belt use. So again if drivers and motorists can wear a seat belt and properly wear it that is going to greatly reduce the severity of injury that they could incur," said Hayter. 

Montana Highway Patrol wants to remind you that as temperatures continue to drop, slow down and give yourself more time to reach your destination. 

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