MTPR

Montana Department of Transportation

MT Traffic Fatalities Outpacing Last Year

May 24, 2016

The Montana Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities are outpacing this same period last year. That’s even before the start to the traditional summer driving season which begins with the Memorial Day weekend.

MDT Director Mike Tooley says as of May 16, 2016, 61 people, or 19 ahead of the same period last year, have lost their lives in vehicle crashes in Montana.

Police Stepping Up Patrols For Saint Patrick's Day

Mar 15, 2016
Missoula police car.
Cheri Trusler

This Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s one of Montana’s most high-spirited celebrations. So law enforcement is ramping up patrols.

Butte will be the center of attention. That means stepped-up enforcement of impaired driving laws.

Captain Keith Edgell is with Montana Highway Patrol. He says they’re bringing up to 20 additional troopers to the Butte area.

State Department of Transportation Director Mike Tooley and Governor Steve Bullock announce the expedited construction schedule for the Madison Street bridge in Missoula.
Josh Burnham

Work on Missoula's crumbling Madison Street bridge will begin sooner than expected. Replacement of the bridge deck, originally planned to begin in 2020, is now slated to begin mid-June of this year, with a target completion date of August 2017.

Grizzly bear
Steve Hillebrand, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (PD)

Three grizzly bears died on northwest Montana highways last week. As bears search for food before bunking down for the winter, wildlife officials caution drivers to watch out for bears feasting on roadkill.

MDT: Safer Roads Require Drivers To Reject High-Risk Behavior

Aug 19, 2015
The Vision Zero Initiative Vision Zero Initiative is aimed at preventing traffic accidents and deaths in dense traffic corridors.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2)

Montana transportation officials say they are taking steps to make the state’s highways safer. MDT Director Mike Tooley says there’s a role for motorists to improve highway safety. As Jackie Yamanaka reports, that means drivers need to reject high-risk behavior.

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