- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The number of traffic fatalities in Montana is up sharply this year compared to last year.

Officials say as of May 31, there have been 67 roadway fatalities, compared to 50 over the same period in 2015.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://tinyurl.com/zc39a4b ) there were 224 road fatalities in all of 2015, up from 192 in 2014.

Montana Department of Transportation director Mike Tooley says the legislature’s decision to increase the interstate speed limit from 75 miles per hour to 80 may be a factor.


Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com

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