With almost a death a day, this June has been the deadliest in a decade for Montana roadways.
According to a Montana Department of Transportation press release, the month’s nearly 30 fatalities broke the positive trend of recent years, one which included a 32-day stretch with no lives lost on the state’s roads.
Monday’s announcement says no single leading cause was linked to this June’s fatalities, but noted the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are known as the "deadliest days of summer," thanks to the seasonal increase in traffic.
MDoT encourages Montanans to set themselves up for safety, recommending drivers be rested, sober, and ready for hazards.
According to the Montana Highway Patrol, there have been 72 fatalities on Montana roads so far this year, compared to 66 at this time last year, and 80 in 2017.