The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired driving crashes so Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up traffic patrols to help keep travelers safe.
“Too many people die each year due to those who choose to drive impaired, so our officers will be out in full force this Fourth of July showing zero tolerance for impaired drivers,” said Sheriff Brian Gootkin. “This is a time of year with many parties and celebrating, but there is nothing to celebrate if you get a DUI, crash your vehicle, or injure or kill someone.”
Officers will be concentrating on deterring speeding and encouraging the proper use of seat belts and child restraints.
Sheriff Gootkin also offered these reminders for safety:
- Designate a Driver. Before the fun begins know who is your sober driver.
- Arrange for a Pick Up. The designated driver doesn’t have to be at the party, as long as he/she is willing to drop off and pick up party goers.
- Keep Ride Options on Speed Dial. Be it a taxi, friend, neighbor, or parent, have that go-to number programed in your phone.
- Use A Ride Home Program.
- Plan Your Own Ride Program. As a party host, have a plan with taxis or designated drivers to get your guests home safely.
- Plan to Spend the Night. Crashing on a couch is better than crashing a car. If you’re going to a house party, why not spend the night?
- Call a Taxi.
“We’d rather everyone make the choice to have a sober driver than to risk a DUI or worse,” said Sheriff Gootkin.
The additional patrols are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs (STEP) grants.