RED LODGE - Saturation Patrols During Rally And Rodeo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2013
Contact: Charity Watt, Montana Department of Transportation.
Contact: Sgt. Derek Brown, Montana Highway Patrol, 406-465-9315,
Saturation patrols during Rally and Rodeo
Red Lodge – Each year, Red Lodge proudly hosts the classic Beartooth
Rally and Iron Horse Rodeo. The weekend of events draws motorcycle
enthusiasts from around the region. Participants and spectators
should be aware that the specialized Safety Enforcement Traffic Team
(SETT) of the Montana Highway Patrol is deploying saturation patrols
to increase safety on all the roads in and around Red Lodge.
In addition, the Highway Patrol is appealing to the public to do
their part for safety. Anyone observing a driver who appears to be
impaired should call 9-1-1 or 1-855- MHP- 3777 right away.
“Events over the weekend include a ride over the scenic Beartooth
Pass and a poker run, along with the Iron Horse Rodeo. We want
everyone to enjoy these great activities, but we need your help to
keep our roads safe. Think of your family and friends before you
start drinking,” said Sgt. Derek Brown with the Montana Highway
Patrol. “Drinking and riding your motorcycle is never a good idea.
Whether you are in charge of two wheels or four wheels, you can save
yourself a lot of trouble by choosing not to drive impaired.”
Federal grant monies administered by the Montana Department of
Transportation fund the Safety Enforcement Traffic Team (SETT). SETT
provides saturation enforcement around the state at events known for
increased risk of driving under the influence. Working with local law
enforcement, the team will cover back roads and city streets as well
“You will see us making a lot of traffic stops,” said Sgt. Brown.
“Our job is to protect travelers and make sure the roads are safe
from dangerous drivers. If there are those who choose to ignore our
community’s safety and drive or ride impaired, it is our
responsibility to stop and arrest them before they hurt or kill
themselves or someone else. Remember to buckle up, don’t drive
distracted and obey all traffic laws.”
For more traffic safety-related information, please access the
Montana Department of Transportation’s website www.plan2live.mt.gov.