The long Memorial Day holiday weekend is just ahead and Montana’s law enforcement community is issuing a warning to drivers -- "Click It or Ticket."
The Treasure State has recorded 63 driving fatalities so far this year. With that number in mind, officers will be out in large numbers enforcing seat belt and DUI laws.
Whether you're driving to the corner grocery or out of state, Montana Highway Patrol troopers say folks should click that seat belt and keep it on -- it's the cheapest life insurance policy you'll ever get.
"I've seen time and time again where vehicles are absolutely destroyed, but that person wears that seatbelt, and in conjunction with their airbags are either minor injuries or no injuries at all saving their lives,” MHP Sergeant Jay Nelson said.
“My daughters won't even let me put the keys in the ignition before they're yelling at me to put my seatbelt on. And if we can train our young kids to be that way, we're gonna have far less work and people are going to live,” he added.
Nelson added that the key to enjoying the long weekend is, don't drive impaired, don't drive tired and don't drive too fast.