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Butte Police Preach Safety on the Roads

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The Butte-Silver Bow County Law Enforcement Department is preaching safety when it comes to driving or walking across the roads.

"Just be careful when you're crossing the street if you're a pedestrian," said Butte-Silver Bow County Undersheriff George Skuletich. "Don't trust the crosswalk and people will stop. Make sure that you are crossing safely."

Since last year, there have been multiple fatalities as a result of automobile accidents.

In August of last year, J.R. Hollingsworth was speeding and caused a crash on Harrison Avenue that killed Forest Felton.

Hollingsworth was sentenced to the department of corrections Thursday.

In March, Jack Lean was driving under the influence when he struck and killed Thomas Kelly.

Last week John Hellander, 77, was killed after he was struck by a car again on Harrison Avenue.

"Fatal accidents are from speed and no seat belt use," Skuletich said. "Most accidents when there is a fatality, speed is going to be involved. Alcohol is involved in a lot of them, but it's usually no seat belt use and alcohol."

Skuletich says the department responds to at least two automobile accidents a day.

He says drivers should be more aware of pedestrians especially during Halloween.

"We're going to have a lot of little kids out there crossing and it's going to be dark," said Skuletich. "Make sure people can see the kids. Make sure you're crossing at the corners. Don't cross in the middle of the street. Don't cross where there's a lot of cars parked. People don't see you coming through cars, it's really difficult."

Skuletich says drivers and pedestrians need to be more careful in the roads.

He doesn't expect accidents or fatalities to increase.

The Butte-Silver Bow County Law Enforcement Department says they will be increasing patrols on Halloween.

They will be patrolling residential areas in Butte.

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