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Statistics show car accidents on the rise

By Kevin Lessard, KCFW Reporter, klessard@kcfw.com
Published On: Jun 10 2013 06:25:46 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 10 2013 06:54:24 PM MDT
KALISPELL, Mont. -

There’s a troubling statistic in a new Montana Highway Patrol report.  New reports show a major increase in fatal car accidents in the Flathead.

Just in the last two weeks there have been two separate fatal accidents in the Kalispell area, both on Highway 2.

There are some positive improvements on accident statistics, and that is involving alcohol.  There's about 35% fewer accidents that are related to alcohol impaired driving.

Sergeant Jim Sanderson of the Montana Highway Patrol says they're doing the best they can to make sure the roads are safe for drivers.

"The patrol has taken a very proactive stance on impaired driving,” said Sanderson.  “We've introduced A-RIDE schools to all patrol officers and most other agencies, which is Advanced Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement, and we follow that up with a drug recognition expert program."

Sanderson also said that while there have been more fatal accidents, there just isn't one specific reason to the increase we're seeing.