MTPR

Montana Highway Patrol

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.

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.

Expect Extra Holiday Patrols Through Memorial Day

May 18, 2015
Police car.
(PD)

Local police, County Sheriffs, and the Montana Highway Patrol are putting extra patrols on the road from now through Memorial Day. State Transportation director Mike Tooley says in the next two weeks, officers around the state are working together to catch speeders and other unsafe drivers.

Lawmakers Will Consider Body Cameras For Police Friday

Mar 19, 2015
Montana capitol, Helena.
William Marcus

Friday at the Montana Legislature, lawmakers will discuss body cameras for cops. Democrat Rep. Bridget Smith of Wolf Point is carrying a resolution to study the effects of requiring Montana police officers to wear so-called body cams.

“And we will look into ... the compelling reasons why, this would be good for Montanans.”

But the cost may be too high. A 2014 Department of Justice study says the average price of cameras police stations buy is between $800 and $1,200 each.

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