The 4th of July is one of our favorite and most celebrated holidays in Montana and across the country. 

All of our exuberance and celebration  comes with a warning though, be careful driving! The 4th is still one of the most deadly holidays on our highways, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

The great news is fewer people have lost their lives on Montana’s highways in 2022.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 8,730 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the first three months of 2021, a 10.5% increase from the 7,900 fatalities the agency projected for the first quarter of 2020.  

Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA’s Acting Administrator said, “We are working closely with our safety partners to address risky driving behaviors such as speeding, impaired driving, and failing to buckle up.”   

 You know the rules: Please buckle up, watch your speed and never use drugs or drink and drive,” according to MHP.