- Associated Press - Saturday, June 3, 2017

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The number of people killed in crashes on Montana roads last year was second-lowest in a decade but alcohol continues to be the main factor.

The Montana Highway Patrol says in its annual report 190 people died in crashes on Montana roads in 2016, down from 224 the previous year.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2qMUwyJ ) alcohol factored into 74 of the fatalities. Not using a seat belt also plays a role. Of the 190 who died, 69 were not wearing seat belts.

Patrol Col. Tom Butler says highway drug seizures are on the rise.

Last year, troopers seized 1,279 pounds of drugs including marijuana, hash oil, meth, cocaine, heroin and synthetic marijuana. That’s up from 452 pounds in 2012.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com


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