Montana Department of Transportation

Traffic Safety Programs

Traffic Enforcement

Enforcement is one of the five “E’s” of traffic safety (education, enforcement, emergency services, engineering and evaluation). Law enforcement strategies are woven throughout all of MDT’s traffic safety goals including impaired driving, occupant protection, young drivers and motorcycle safety.

Speeding is also often related to traffic fatalities. A review of Montana STEP data shows that speed is the most frequently addressed traffic violation. During 2015 a total of 9,665 citations and warnings were issued for speed violations through the STEP program.

Our goal is:

  • Reduce speed-related fatalities 5% from the FFRY15 calendar base year average of 78 to 74 by 2020.

For more information about this program, please contact:

, Program Manager
Highway Traffic Safety Section

The Programs

Drive Safely

There were 186 fatalities in 2017. There have been 168 fatalities on Montana highways in 2018 compared to 178 fatalities for this same time in 2017.


The Law

On traffic patrols, law enforcement officers focus on the motor vehicle laws of MCA Title 61, in particular.