Bozeman Fire Chief Waldo reminded us this morning and all Gallatin County Law Enforcement officers are recommending to us the following tips for a safe and fun holiday:

  • Designate a sober driver– before the fun begins
  • Offer fun and tasty alternatives to alcoholic beverages
  • Don’t mix drinking with long hours in the sun
  • Have a plan for people to get home safely
  • Promote safe and sober driving among the young adults in your family
  • Prevent alcohol use by minors
  • Always make sure everyone is buckled up—your best defense against a drunk driver.

“This is about prevention, preventing impaired driving in the first place and saving lives," Bozeman Chief of Police Steve Crawford said.

“It’s also about apprehension. If you drive impaired, you will be arrested," MSU Chief of Police Robert Putzke said.

The Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan, West Yellowstone and Montana State University Police Departments, as well as the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol are deploying additional patrols focused on impaired driving enforcement during the days surrounding the Fourth of July. These agencies are joining law enforcement across Montana and the nation in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” DUI crackdown.

Your life can change on one bad decision or worse, you could change another Montanans life in a split second. Please make plans in advance if you plan to drink.