Holiday DUI Patrols in the Gallatin Valley


December 20, 2016

Holiday DUI Patrols in the Gallatin Valley:

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over December 14 through January 1

Gallatin County —  On December 17, 2016 from 8:00 p.m. to 02:00 a.m. several local agencies participated in a Multi – Agency patrol to reduce D.U.I. drivers and promote the use of safety belts in Gallatin County. This patrol is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown.

The agencies involved were the Montana Highway Patrol, Bozeman Police Department, Belgrade Police Department, Montana State University Police Department and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

These agencies put 13 extra Officers on streets and roadways of Gallatin County in an attempt to locate D.U.I. drivers and prevent a tragedy from taking place.  The weather was less than perfect as the temperatures fell to below -18. However, the officers worked hard to provide a safer Gallatin Valley and managed to produce the following numbers.

D.U.I. Arrests:                   3            Total Citations:  19

Suspended Driver:          1            Total Warnings: 50

Drug Related Arrest:      1            Total Stops:        69

Total Arrests                      5


We are committed to reducing D.U.I. and raising awareness about wearing your safety belt. We will be working more of these joint patrols in the future.


We are continuing to ask drivers and members of the public to do their part to save lives and prevent injuries on the roads. Here are some tips this holiday season:

  • Alcohol can enhance the side effects of medication. Avoid mixing alcohol with any medications, and ask your doctor about possible consequences of doing so.
  • If you plan to drink at a party, bar or restaurant, have a sober friend do the driving, or find another alternative.
  • Expect your friends and family to have a sober driver and let them know it.
  • Provide safe transportation for your party guests—as well as non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report an impaired driver.
  • The best defense against a drunk driver is wearing a seatbelt – everyone, every trip, every time.

These 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.  For more information Contact Charity Watt, Montana Department of Transportation 406-444-3439,

Please Drink Responsibly – Don’t Drink and Drive – Use a Designated Driver

HAPPY HOLIDAYS – From your local Law Enforcement

Sheriff Brian Gootkin         Chief Dennis Hengel          Chief Steve Crawford

Gallatin County Sheriff       Manhattan Police Dept.   Bozeman Police Dept.      


Chief E. J. Clark Jr.             Chief Robert Putzke       Captain Mark Wilfore

Belgrade Police Dept.          MSU Police                       MHP


 Chief Scott Newell     

West Yellowstone Police Dept.   

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