February 1, 2012

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Sheriff Brian Gootkin

Pass the Keys to a Sober Driver
Extra Patrols will be out Super Bowl weekend to prevent impaired driving

Bozeman, MT — The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up traffic patrols through the weekend to ensure everyone’s Super Bowl game plan includes a sober ride home.

“Drinking tends to be a big part of Super Bowl time,” said Sheriff Brian Gootkin. “We’re not out to stop the fun, but we will be out to stop impaired drivers.”

The extra patrols concentrate on keeping impaired drivers off the road, deterring speeding and encouraging the use of seat belts and child restraints. Sheriff Gootkin stressed the extra enforcement presence is to keep everyone safe on Montana’s roads. He also offered these tips:

If hosting a Super Bowl party:
• Before kickoff, make it clear that only sober guests will be allowed to drive. Arrange for ride sharing or sober rides home, and be prepared to take the keys away from those who shouldn’t drive.
• Recognize designated sober drivers in unique ways, like the best seats to watch the game.
• Serve plenty of food.
• Offer a variety of non-alcoholic choices like soft drinks, juice, mocktails, and water.
• Do not serve alcohol to anyone younger than 21 years of age.
• Determine ahead of time when you’ll stop serving alcohol and offer coffee and dessert. NFL stadiums stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter.
• Be prepared for guests to stay the night if necessary.
• Serve the drinks yourself, and stay sober so that you know who may be reaching the limit.
• Avoid “pushing” drinks on your guests or mixing strong drinks.
• Do not serve alcohol to anyone who is intoxicated.

If attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game away from home:
• Plan your sober ride home. That could mean a designated sober driver who is out with you, or one on standby to call after the game.
• Pace yourself. Be sure to eat plenty and have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks.

“We’d rather everyone chooses to have a sober driver than to risk a DUI or worse,” said Sheriff Gootkin. “But if you choose to drive impaired, we will arrest you.”
The additional patrols are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs (STEP) grants.

Bridger Range Skier Rescue

For Immediate Release

On 01-31-12 at about 2:00 p.m. the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol, Bridger Canyon Fire and AMR responded to the out of bounds area of just north of Bridger Bowl for an injured skier.  The 24 yr old Bozeman man injured his leg after falling on hard pack of ice and was unable to move.  He was able to call 911 from his cell phone.  Bridger Ski Patrol, that are also SAR Volunteers, were able to reach the skier very quickly and with support from the rest of the SAR team transport him down the mountain to a waiting AMR ambulance.  He was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. 

Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office

On 01-31-12, at approximately 1408 hours, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Search and Rescue, Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol, Bridger Canyon Fire and AMR responded to the out of bounds area of Bridger Bowl. An adult male skier injured his leg and called 911 from his cell phone.

The injured skier had fallen on a hard pack of ice when he injured his leg and was unable to move. Bridger Ski Patrol was able to reach the skier and transport him down to AMR standing by. AMR then transported the skier to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.