4th of July Holiday Safety and DUI Notice

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                          4th of July DUI Patrols are active in the Gallatin Valley          

                                   Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over June 27 through July 8


Across Montana, travelers will be on the road headed to Independence Day celebrations. Family cookouts, camping, fireworks, and parades are just some of the many activities happening this weekend, many of which involve consuming alcoholic beverages.

“We know many folks will be drinking,” said, Belgrade Chief of Police E. J. Clark. “We also know some folks will be tempted to drink then drive. That is why Sheriff Brian Gootkin wants everyone to know, “All Gallatin County Law Enforcement Agencies will have extra patrols out working together to discourage these bad choices.”

The Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan, West Yellowstone and Montana State University Police Departments, as well as the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol are deploying additional patrols focused on impaired driving enforcement during the days surrounding the Fourth of July. These agencies are joining law enforcement across Montana and the nation in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” DUI crackdown.

Bozeman Chief of Police Steve Crawford states, “This is about prevention, preventing impaired driving in the first place and saving lives”. MSU Chief of Police Robert Putzke says, “It’s also about apprehension. If you drive impaired, you will be arrested.”

Captain Mark Wilfore of the Montana Highway Patrol reports that alcohol-related crash deaths and injuries have helped Independence Day be labeled as “the most dangerous holiday of the year” by the National Safety Council.

Chief Dennis Hengel of the Manhattan Police Department requests that the public do their part by calling 911 to report an impaired driver. “Citizens can help by asking their friends and family to rely on a driver who hasn’t been drinking” advises West Yellowstone Police Chief Scott Newell.

All Gallatin County Law Enforcement recommends these tips for a safe and fun holiday:

  • Designate a sober driver– before the fun begins


  • Offer fun and tasty alternatives to alcoholic beverages
  • Don’t mix drinking with long hours in the sun
  • Have a plan for people to get home safely
  • Promote safe and sober driving among the young adults in your family
  • Prevent alcohol use by minors
  • Always make sure everyone is buckled up—your best defense against a drunk driver.


We are unified in our efforts for a safe 4th of July Holiday. Please be safe during all your celebrations.


Extra traffic safety patrols are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation. This and other enforcement and education campaigns are combined under Vision Zero, the shared vision for zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways. Contact Charity Watt, Montana Department of Transportation 406-444-3439, cwatt@mt.gov


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