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MHP Says Traffic Fatalities Lower This Year

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"My advice is to wear your seatbelt even if you're going to the grocery store to get some milk, because it could save your life."

According to Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Craig Baum, the number of traffic fatalities where seat belts were not used happened more this year, than in 2012.

But, alcohol-involved fatalities, dropped 30%.

Sergeant Baum says, "To see that the numbers are down a little bit is encouraging from my standpoint that maybe we are making a little bit of a dent in the problem."

Sergeant baum attributes the drop to newer legislation.

"We have a 24/7 program that's really successful. We have the ability to get a warrant for someone's blood in the event they're arrested for a DUI, and they refuse to give us a test. It immensely helps us when prosecuting those repeat offenders," Baum tells FOX Montana.

Sergeant Baum adds, if you plan to ring in the new year with alcohol, be sure to plan ahead.  
"Get a designated driver if you're going to go out and partake in the festivities. Either call a taxi or get someone sober who can drive you around."

Sergeant Baum says the overall cost of a DUI can set you back up to $10,000 dollars, but says it's a small price to pay to save lives.

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