FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2013
[Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana]— The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired driving crashes so the Bozeman Police Department and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up traffic patrols to help keep travelers safe. “The 4th of July is a time to celebrate,” said Deputy Chief McLane, “but celebrate smartly and make this a holiday to remember for all the right reasons, not the wrong ones.”
“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 Deputy Chief McLane. “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.”
“The Fourth may be one of the nation’s most popular holidays, but, unfortunately, it’s also one of the most dangerous in terms of alcohol-related fatalities,” Sheriff Gootkin said. “Too many people think they can get behind the wheel because they’ve only had a few drinks and just have a ‘buzz’ on. The truth is you don’t have to be falling down drunk to be a menace to yourself and everyone around you on the highways. Remember: buzzed driving is drunk driving.”
Sheriff Gootkin and Deputy Chief McLane also offer these reminders for safety:
- Designate a Driver. Before the fun begins know who is your sober driver.
- Buckle Up. Every trip, every time – even for short distances.
- 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.
Sheriff Brian Gootkin Deputy Chief Rich McLane
Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Bozeman Police Department