50% of fatalities on Montana highways this year involve driving under the influence

BILLINGS, Mont.- Montana Highway Patrol Captain Keith Edgell said 50% of the deaths on Montana highways this year have involved people driving under the influence.

There have been 17 deaths on Montana Highways so far in 2021. There were 209  deaths on Montana Highways in 2020. Ninety-one of those were linked to DUI.

“You know, over the years of doing this, I’ve seen a lot of DUI fatality crashes,” said Edgelll. “The impacts on families is tremendous. It creates a hole and a void that you can’t fix. Even with time, it doesn’t get better.”