HELENA, Mont. (NMB) – Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel weekends in Montana, with many families hitting the road on Wednesday.
The National Safety Council estimates 417 people may be killed and another 47,500 seriously injured in car crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday period. Alcohol is a persistent factor in fatal crashes. Montana had one of the highest rates in the nation for alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2018, with over 40 percent of the traffic fatalities attributed to alcohol-impaired driving.
The Montana Department of Transportation encourages drivers to drive sober, buckle up and avoid unsafe behaviors this Thanksgiving.
They recommend planning a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a driver, don’t drive distracted, slow down in poor driving conditions, and always wear your seatbelt.