Montana is the Deadliest State for Drunk Driving
The laws of Montana consider anyone with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher to be alcohol-impaired, meaning it’s against the law to drive or operate heavy machinery. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents happen more often that drivers would like to think— especially in Montana
In 2018, 168 people died in fatal accidentsThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) listed Montana as the state with the highest risk for car accident fatalities involving a drunk driver. According to the IIHS, there were 17.1 deaths per 100,000 people, which already makes it one of the most dangerous states to drive in.
In total, 88 fatalities (more than 53 percent of all vehicular deaths) were related to drunk driving in Montana in 2018.
In the same year, there were more than 11 drunk deaths for every 100,000 people licensed to drive in the state, putting it at #1 for drunk driving. Following closely behind are Wyoming, South Carolina, South Dakota and New Mexico.
How to spot a drunk driverDrunk driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the U.S., and drivers should always exercise caution if they see a drunk driver on the road. Here are some tips for how to identify an intoxicated driver:
1. Most drunk drivers are on the roads at night and often drive on the extreme ends — either very slowly in order to avoid getting suspicion or recklessly over the speed limit.
2. Weaving in and out of lanes is another common sign to look for in drunk drivers. If you notice a car is having trouble staying in their lane, this could be a sign that the driver is drunk.
3. The third sign of drunk driving is when a driver straddles the center of a road or the line separating 2 lanes. They may also tend to drift to the shoulder of the road if they’re on the highway, or grass and gravel if they’re on a local road.
What to do if you spot a drunk driverThe first and best thing to do is give that vehicle plenty of room to avoid a possible car accident.
Get as much information about the car as possible such as the make, model, paint color, license plate number and any other distinctive features.
If you’re driving, safely pull over to a well-lit and busy area, if possible, before calling 911. Be prepared to answer questions about the driving behavior that you saw, then let the road experts and proper authorities take over from there.
Most importantly, never compromise your own safety or the safety of any passengers to get this information or report it.
If you or someone you love were the victim of drunk driving, contact a trusted and experienced lawyer in your area today.