Montana Department of Transportation

Traffic Safety Programs

Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle involvement in crashes is a national priority. Motorcycle traffic crashes are up and affecting older riders more than any other group. The age of riders and fatalities has been increasing during the past two decades. In the past, riders between the ages of 18 to 34 had the most fatalities. However, recently most motorcycle related fatalities are occurring among the 35 to 64 year old group.

MDT supports the Montana Motorcycle Riders Safety (MMRS) Training program. This support comes in the form of educational campaigns to promote public awareness through public service announcements, billboards and other outreach programs. In addition, replacement training motorcycles are provided in support of this program.

Our goals are:

Maintain Motorcyclist Fatalities

  • In response to the increasing trend line, MDT hopes to maintain motorcyclist fatalities at the current base year average of 28 through 2020.

Maintain Unhelmeted Motorcyclists Fatalities

  • In response to the increasing trend line, MDT hopes to maintain unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities at the current base year average of 17 through 2020.

For more information about this program, please contact:
Sheila Cozzie, Transportation Planner
State Highway Traffic Safety Section
406-444-7301 |


The Programs

Drive Safely

There were 190 fatalities in 2016. There have been 157 fatalities on Montana highways in 2017 compared to 162 fatalities for this same time in 2016.