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Statistics show jump in Montana DUI fatal accidents

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Posted at 5:24 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 19:24:00-04

New numbers released by the U.S. Department of Transportation show fatal drunk driving crashes were down nationwide in 2018 -- but the Montana numbers show a different trend.

The data collected annually by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows Montana had 57 DUI fatalities in 2017 but jumped to 79 in 2018 -- an increase of more than 38%.

The numbers put Montana at the second highest increase in DUI-fatalities in the nation behind New Hampshire.

Overall fatal crash numbers in the state have actually decreased by a little more than 2%.