- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Transportation officials say fewer people died on Montana roads in 2014 than in the previous year.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, 192 people were killed on state roads last year, down from 229 in 2013. That’s a 16 percent decrease.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1BCoAba ) 43 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2014, up two from the previous year. The number of crashes, 42, also was up slightly.

The number of fatalities in which seat belts weren’t used fell to 156, a decrease of 34 people from a year earlier.

The Highway Patrol has rolled out major campaigns encouraging seat belt use and discouraging drinking and driving.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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