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August 31, 2010 in News, Region
Mike Albans, AP photo

In this photo taken Aug. 21, 2010, the famous Oxford Bar is shown in Missoula, Mont. Montana has long been a state where you could crack open a beer and drive down the interstate just about as fast as you liked. Drinking and driving was legal until 2003, when it was changed only under heavy federal duress, and there was no specified speed limit on major highways. But spurred by the high-profile death last year of a highway patrolman at the hands of an intoxicated driver, Montana’s Old West drinking and driving culture is in retreat.

Mike Albans, AP photo

In this photo taken Aug. 21, 2010, Tawny Haynes, center, the widow of slain Montana Highway Trooper Michael Haynes, with her two children, Taryn, 5, left and Elias. 2, right, at their home in Kalispell, Mont. Montana has long been a state where you could crack open a beer and drive down the interstate just about as fast as you liked. Drinking and driving was legal until 2003, when it was changed only under heavy federal duress, and there was no specified speed limit on major highways. But spurred by the high-profile death last year of a highway patrolman at the hands of an intoxicated driver, Montana’s Old West drinking and driving culture is in retreat.