Montana Department of Transportation

Traffic Safety Programs

Overview

Traffic crashes happen daily in Montana, causing human injuries, deaths, and property losses.

The State Highway Traffic Safety Section is working to reduce these losses through a series of programs designed to assist in the development of counter-measures for known problem areas.

If you have questions about a specific program, please call or email the contact listed at the bottom of each program details page.

Maximizing Resources Through Collaboration

Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan
The CHSP is a statewide plan to reduce fatalities/injuries from highway crashes. Involves multiple stakeholders. Data, specific strategies, and contact information provided.
Traffic Highway Safety Plan
MDT's State Highway Traffic Safety Section implements many of the CHSP goals and strategies.

The Programs

Drive Safely

There were 190 fatalities in 2016. There have been 138 fatalities on Montana highways in 2017 compared to 150 fatalities for this same time in 2016.

Did You Know?

  • Montana has one of the highest alcohol-related fatality rates in the nation per vehicle mile traveled.
  • Montana's seat belt usage has grown steadily over the past few years. However, seatbelt use on our reservations is still very low.
  • Inattentiveness, carelessness, and driving speed accounted for over 50% of the crashes in the past 10 years.
  • Incapacitating injuries have decreased over 33% during the past 10 years.
  • The percentage of crashes involving young drivers has not changed significantly during the past 19 years.
  • Elderly drivers have experienced increases during this same period.
  • Motorcycle traffic crashes are up and affecting older riders more than any other group.

Source: Traffic Safety Problem Identification