Posted: Jul 2, 2011 2:04 PM by Irina Cates (KPAX News)
Updated: Jul 3, 2011 2:01 PM
MISSOULA -Just at the start of the holiday weekend on Friday a Canadian motorcyclist died after colliding with a pick up near Clearwater Junction in Western Montana.
The Montana Highway Patrol and the Department of Transportation want to remind drivers to be extra cautious as they travel this Fourth of July weekend.
MHP says historically, the Fourth of July time frame is one of the deadliest in Montana. So troopers will be out looking for impaired drivers and encouraging people to buckle up.
"Driving impaired is not worth it. Whether you've been floating, boating, picnicking, camping, or just relaxing, make sure that the person driving home is sober and alert. In order for everyone to have a good holiday, we all need to be driving safely and defensively - and that includes making sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up," MHP Trooper advised.
The Patrol will also be enforcing the state's new child passenger law that went into effect on Friday. This means adults need to make sure children age six and 60 pounds or less are in car seats.
Troopers say its best to keep children in booster seats until they are 8 years old and reach a height of 4'9". And the safest place for a child under age 13 is in the back seat.