The 100 deadliest days of summer has officially begun and even though there has been less traffic driving through Montana due to the pandemic, the number of DUI arrests has increased in recent weeks.
According to Montana Highway Patrol, the state has seen a significant drop in drivers because of Covid-19. However, these numbers are slowly picking back up as the summer months start to approach and Memorial Day Weekend passes.
A recent report shows that Montana car accidents are down roughly 2% from the same time-period as last year as well as the number of traffic fatalities. But the numbers aren’t true for all parts of Montana.
Missoula’s District 1 has reported six traffic deaths in 2020 which is higher than last year and 2018. Even though 9-1-1 traffic calls are down, injury-related accidents and DUI’s are up.
Luckily, when Governor Steve Bullock asked Montanans to work from home starting in mid-March, traffic ceased almost immediately. Many residents reported that even local streets looked deserted after the stay-at-home initiative went into effect.
The only regular traffic has been delivery vehicles such as the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS.
Aside from an increase in DUI arrests over the last few months, there has been a decrease in other types of accidents as well, including collisions involving wildlife.
According to a report by MS2, a company that publishes changes in traffic data caused by the pandemic, animal deaths by vehicular accidents dropped significantly in recent months.
As a state known for having many wildlife collisions, the number of deceased animals removed from roadways this spring was one-half and two-thirds the number removed in both 2018 and 2019. These numbers were taken from MS2’s national data source comparing the same time-period.
Even the number of drivers who had to file insurance claims related to animal collisions was lower this spring as well.
On the contrary, Montana Highway Patrol fears that as the national parks begin to open again and visitors are able to travel throughout the state, there will be an increase in all types of vehicle accidents and DUI arrests.
Law enforcement officials are reminding Montana residents to abide by speed limits and drive carefully as if more vehicles are on the road. Despite having more freedom to speed on open roads, it’s not worth risking your life or the lives of others.
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