Intense Efforts Underway To Deter Holiday Impaired Driving
December 13, 2013
Contact: Charity Watt, Montana Department of Transportation.
Anastasia Burton, Montana Department of Justice. 406-444-9869,
Intense efforts underway to deter impaired driving
Drive sober or face serious consequences
HELENA, Mont – The holiday season means celebrations with family and
friends. It also means intense efforts by law enforcement to
encourage sober driving and get impaired drivers behind bars. Law
enforcement agencies throughout the state will increase patrols
during the holiday period from Dec. 16 through Jan.1. County
sheriffs, city police and the Montana Highway Patrol are urging
motorists to drive sober and ask their friends and family to drive
“Montana's new traffic safety goal "Toward Zero Deaths" leaves no
room for impaired driving,” said Mike Tooley, Montana Department of
Transportation Director. “Strong enforcement of Montana’s impaired
driving laws is an important part of achieving this goal and saving
A change in Montana’s DUI laws this year provides added reason for
drinkers to think twice before getting behind the wheel. The new law
allows judges to look back ten years to add penalties for a second
DUI. The previous look-back period ended at five years.
“The law is designed to crack down on multiple DUI offenders,” said
Attorney General Tim Fox. “Occasional drinkers could also face
potentially stiffer penalties based on their record.”
Both Director Tooley and Attorney General Fox encourage everyone to
have transportation arranged before the celebrations begin.
Designate a sober driver, arrange for a sober friend for transport to
and from the event, or even stay the night at the party location. If
you choose to walk keep in mind potential extreme weather and make
sure you have a safe route that avoids traffic.
Citizens can also play a part in keeping dangerous drivers off the
road by calling 9-1-1 immediately. Law enforcement patrols follow up
on these tips.
Funding for overtime law enforcement is provided by the Montana
Department of Transportation as part of an overall goal to reduce
motor vehicle deaths and injuries. Find out more about planning for a
safe ride home and the penalties for DUI at www.plan2live.mt.gov.