Montana


Montana is a one-star state and has done little to reduce drunk driving, starting on the first offense, since the enactment of a .08 BAC per se law in 2003. MADD challenges the legislature to take action and provide law enforcement with the tools needed to get drunk drivers off the road. Law are needed in Montana to require ignition interlocks for all offenders and to use high-visibility enforcement and no-refusal crackdown activities.

Drunk Driving:

92 representing 40.2% of all total traffic deaths, a 3.4% increase from last year.

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$450 million

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For more information on statistics, please contact MADD�s Government Affairs department at policy@madd.org.

Underage Drinking:

34.70%

41,000

25.70% people

31,000 people

SAMHSA Report to Congress on The Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking, May 2011
NOTE: Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.

Laws:

Vehicular Homicide
Statutes providing for penalties to be brought against a drunk driver who kills another person through the operation of a motor vehicle, either intentionally or negligently.

Mandatory Alcohol Assessment/Treatment
Law that mandates all convicted DUI/DWI offenders undergo an assessment of alcohol abuse problems and participate in required treatment program.

Ignition Interlocks
Statutes which allow for a judge or administrative agency to order a convicted drunk driver to operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device for a period of time following a conviction for drunk driving

DUI Felony
Law that makes DUI/DWI a felony offense based on the number of prior convictions.

DUI Child Endangerment
Statutes which allow for additional penalties for a drunk driving conviction with a child passenger in a vehicle

Dram Shop
Laws allowing liability of establishments arising out of the sale of alcohol to obviously intoxicated persons or minors who subsequently cause death or injury to third-parties as a result of alcohol-related crashes.

.08 Per Se Law
Law that makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle at or above .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration.

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