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Enhanced DUI Patrols in Valley County During Holidays


December 22, 2021

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The holidays have arrived. As you make plans to celebrate with friends and family, also make plans to have a safe ride home by designating a sober drive. On New Year's Eve Valley County Seach and Rescue, Glasgow and Long Run Fire Departments, and Local Wrecker Service Companies will be providing rides home throughout the night. Don't spend your holidays in jail, or worse, in an ambulance.

Increased patrols in Glasgow and Valley County will be out in the weeks leading up to Christmas and through the New Year's holiday watching for impaired drivers and educating motorists as part of their commitment to keeping Montana roads safe for everyone.

"The holidays are a wonderful time for everyone to enjoy. Unfortunately, they can also be a deadly time for some Montana families," said Valley County Undersheriff, Chris Richter. "It's up to all of us to celebrate responsibly, and that means never driving impaired, always wearing your seat belt, and making sure your friends and family do the same."

In data collected by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) as of December 13, 2021, there have been 231 lives lost compared to 198 fatalities for this same period in 2020. Of those deaths, 130 have been due to impaired driving, and 118 have been due to improper restraint.

Consequences of drunk driving include a DUI on your record, a revoked driver's license, mandatory classes, possible jail time, probation, and up to $10,000 in fines. Report suspected impaired drivers by dialing 911, and always wear your seat belt, as it continues to be the best defense against impaired drivers.


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