Montana Department of Transportation

Safety

Native American Crashes

Native Americans make up 6.3 percent of Montana’s population, yet in 2011, Native Americans accounted for 11 percent of the State’s fatalities. From 2002 to 2011, Native Americans comprised from 11 to 20 percent of the state’s fatalities. Approximately 67 percent of these fatalities were alcohol-related. During the past five years, 76 percent of Native American occupant fatalities were not wearing seat belts. Montana’s tribal nations recognize the critical importance of highway safety and are actively participating in the identification and implementation of safety strategies on tribal lands.

Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan

Montana's tribal nations recognize the critical importance of highway safety and are actively participating in the identification and implementation of safety strategies on tribal lands.

Target

  • Reduce the five-year average number of Native American fatalities from 36 in 2010 to 32 by 2015.

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Did you know?

From 2001 to 2010, Native Americans comprised from 11.8 to 19.7 percent of the state's fatalities.

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