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Extra patrols on Missoula's roads for Labor Day weekend

Missoula Police DUI Enforcement
Posted at 11:16 AM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 13:16:20-04

MISSOULA — Law enforcement is out on the road for the Labor Day weekend with extra patrols to keep an eye out for drunk drivers.

Local law enforcement and the Montana Highway Patrol will be watching for impaired driving through the Labor Day Weekend, as part of the National Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization.

“We understand everyone wants to enjoy the holiday weekend,” said Missoula Police Department Traffic Sgt. Matt Kazinsky, “but we want them to do it responsibly. Beyond risking personal freedom and safety, driving impaired puts lives in danger."

"Our commitment to every Montanan means we are increasing patrols during the extended holiday period of mid-August to early September to help ensure the summer does not end with death or injury," he added.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 38% of all traffic fatalities during the Labor Day holiday period in 2018 involved a drunk driver. Meanwhile, in Montana over the last 10 years, there have been 110 fatalities within the two-week period up to and including Labor Day weekend. Drivers impaired by alcohol were involved in 36% of these.

Montanans are encouraged to take part in this effort by reporting any suspected impaired drivers to local law enforcement by calling 911 and helping to ensure all friends and family have secured sober transportation.