Fatal crashes jump nearly 10 percent in 2013
Data from the Montana Highway Patrol shows the number of roadway deaths in the state jumped nearly 10 percent in 2013.
Troopers say 224 people died in 198 crashes this year through Dec. 30. That's compared to 204 deaths in 191 crashes last year.
The highway patrol's Kalispell district reported the most deaths, at 39. The Billings district reported 38 deaths, one fewer than in 2012.
Pedestrian-involved fatal crashes jumped more than 200 percent, from seven crashes and seven deaths in 2012 to 22 crashes and 23 deaths this year.
The Billings Gazette reports fatal crashes involving alcohol decreased 30 percent, from 53 in 2012 to 37 this year.
Patrol deputy chief Lt. Col. Greg Watson says those numbers indicate positive results in drunken-driving enforcement and protection efforts.
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