Posted: Mar 26, 2013 6:08 PM by Adam Bell
Updated: Mar 26, 2013 7:11 PM
The Gallatin county DUI Task Force recently came out with the latest drinking and driving statistics. According to the report, Gallatin County has cut the number of DUI arrests in half over the last 3 years.
Scott Swanson: "We're trying to look at the holistic picture from law enforcement to education to changing culture. Montana has one of the highest per capita, drinking and driving rates and most significantly one of the highest per capita DUI fatality rates," says DUI Task Force member Scott Swanson.
While arrests may be dropping over the last 3 years, DUI related crashes in the county had very little change.
"It did, and that's the concerning part, the concerning part is that if you're having that same number of crashes, probably not, the number of people who are driving under the influence are not going down," adds Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin.
Sheriff Gootkin adds that the best way to significantly stop drunk driving is to put more people on the streets, something he says isn't possible over the next few years. While challenging with these current numbers, Gootkin did say we wouldn't be as far as we have come over the years when it comes to drinking and driving without organizations like the DUI task force.