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Colder Weather Increases Danger on Roadways

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Three deaths occurred over the weekend on Montana roadways, and in Missoula County alone, eight people were jailed on DUI charges.

"Over the past weekend we've had several crashes and throughout the state of Montana because there's been a severe drop in weather," said Paige Pavalone, of the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.

Montana Highway Patrol officials said they discovered a man's body on Monday morning, who they believe was struck and killed by a vehicle along I-90 east of Big Timber.

Troopers also responded to Highway 2 near Browning on Sunday, after a woman hit and killed a pedestrian.

Det. Pavalone said poor road conditions greatly increase the likelihood of a driver getting into an accident.

"So, wet leaves on the pavement is equally as dangerous as a frosty road," Pavalone explained.

She said the best way to drivers can avoid an accident is to slow down, especially in poor visibility.

"Always monitor your speed, and then be super cognizant if there are wet leaves, as they can be super slippery as well."

The colder weather also means the holidays are approaching, and sheriff's officials say holiday parties can lead to an up tick in the number of DUI tickets. 

And, Pavalone said in Missoula, Griz football season can also lead to more people driving under the influence.

"With the festivities coming up for homecoming this weekend, we ask that people always have a safe ride," she said.

Montana Department of Transportation data show there has been a decrease in the number of crash fatalities involving an alcohol-impaired driver since 2007.

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