Plan for a Sober Ride:
Increased Patrols Watching for Impaired Driving Over Fourth of July
July 1, 2020
The Valley County Sheriff’s Office and the Glasgow Police Department wants everyone to enjoy the Fourth of July celebrations and our country’s independence which brings many things to mind – family, friends, food, and fireworks. But all too often, alcohol and driving are added to the mix with tragic results. Law enforcement is increasing patrols on the roads in Valley County, and the City of Glasgow, along with the Montana Highway Patrol statewide, around the Fourth of July holiday to remind motorists to drive sober or get pulled over.
Summer is the deadliest time of year for motor vehicle crashes, over the last decade 48 percent of all fatal crashes and 45 percent of all serious injury crashes in Montana occurred between June and September – the period of time known nationally as the “100 Deadliest Days.” Historically, the 100 Deadliest Days in Montana has represented 50 percent of the annual roadway fatalities involving an impaired driver.
“There is no excuse for driving while impaired,” said Undersheriff Chris Richter. “It’s every driver’s responsibility to be sober and take traffic safety seriously – for themselves, their friends and family, and everyone else on the road.
Undersheriff Chris Richter encourages everyone to make a responsible plan before the Fourth of July celebrations begin; whether that means having a designated driver, calling a cab, ordering a ride share or offering a sober ride to others if you’re not drinking. It is illegal to drive in Montana with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08 or higher, and the consequences include a DUI charge, having your driver’s license revoked, mandatory classes, possible jail time, and up to $10,000 in fines and legal fees. Unfortunately, in the event of an impaired driving crash, the cost can be serious injury or even death.
This Fourth of July celebrate your freedom by making the right choice. If you choose to drink, plan ahead for a safe, sober ride. Do your part to help Montana reach Vision Zero – zero deaths and zero serious injuries on our roads – by always driving sober, buckling up and calling 911 to report suspected impaired driving.