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Police efforts do little to change fatal DUI rates

Last week, we discussed the sharp increase in the number of drunk-driving car accidents throughout the state. Even though law enforcement officers are stepping up their efforts to prevent DUIs in Montana, fatal crashes continue to occur, with more intoxicated drivers getting behind the wheel.

State road deaths on the rise

Despite initial numbers that had indicated a waning trend for car accident fatalities in Montana this year, dire news has emerged from the state highway patrol that speaks to the contrary. Recent data from the Montana Department of Transportation and the highway patrol indicate that overall fatalities and alcohol-related fatalities are on the rise this year, despite some county-specific breakthroughs in low wreck totals.

School board member charged with DUI in Sept. deaths

A prominent member of the Thompson Falls School Board is facing four felonies in connection with a reported incident of drunk driving. The man is being charged with two counts of vehicular homicide in relation to a DUI car accident that reportedly killed a 23-year-old passenger and the vehicle's 32-year-old driver.

One killed, another injured in Twin Bridges truck wreck

One driver was injured and another was killed in a crash on Nov. 23 near Twin Bridges. Montana Highway Patrol officers confirm that a 70-year-old Dillon driver died at the scene of the truck accident, which involved a Ford pickup truck and a tractor-trailer rig. The driver who perished was in the smaller vehicle.

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