Memorial Day Weekend
The Memorial weekend kicks off the busy summer travel season when many Montanans hit the road for vacation, celebrations, and recreation. Memorial weekend also marks the start of the deadliest time of year on Montana roads.
In Montana, 45 percent of all fatal crashes occur during the summer months. Many of these fatalities could have been prevented by wearing a seat-belt – reducing the chance of fatal injury by nearly half. In the last 10 years 33% of all roadway fatalities and serious injuries in Montana have involved unrestrained vehicle occupants.
Montanans need to do their part in staying safe whether traveling across town or the state. When traveling in town, on unpaved roads, as well as on the highway, all drivers, riders, and pedestrians must take care to be safe. Drivers should always:
• Always drive sober.
• Follow posted speed limits.
• Be rested and give your full attention to driving.
• Keep your vehicle in safe running condition.
• Scan your travel area for safety hazards such as pedestrians and animals. Expect the unexpected.
• Watch for motorcyclists.
• Commit to everyone in the vehicle buckling up and using age appropriate child passenger safety restraints, Every trip. Every time.