The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is urging Montanans to stay safe on the roads this summer.
D.P.H.H.S. says there are three main factors that contribute to crashes in Montana: drinking, distractions and drowsiness.
According to the department's trauma systems manager, Alyssa Sexton, the most common type of distracted driving is being on your phone.
“When you take your eyes of the road, if you’re traveling 55mph its like traveling the length of a football field...blindfolded”
Motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of traumatic death in Montana... Costing $299 million per year in medical expenses
So far this year... The state has seen 70 deaths as a result of traffic fatalities