Posted: Sep 10, 2013 3:01 PM by MTN News
BOZEMAN - Planning on downing a few cold beers at this weekend's Bobcat football game? Better plan ahead.
Increased law enforcement patrols by the Bozeman Police Department are scheduled during Montana State University's game this weekend.
"Cheer on the Cats during the game," said Captain David McManis with the Bozeman Police Department. "But be smart while enjoying the game. If you plan to drink, plan ahead for a sober driver."
The extra patrols will focus on apprehension of impaired drivers. However, they will also be checking to make sure people are using seat belts.
"These patrols help keep area residents and visitors out of harms way by getting impaired drivers off the road. Don't risk your life or others by drinking and driving," said Capt. McManis.
Capt. McManis reminds everyone that death and injury are not the only negative consequences of impaired driving. A DUI injury crash or DUI conviction jeopardize careers and prohibit the driver from obtaining numerous professional certifications - a life-long impact. Other consequences include loss of driver license, jail time, lawyer fees, insurance hikes, loss of employment, court costs and vehicle impoundment, just to name a few.
The Montana Department of Transportation Selective Traffic Enforcement Program funds the extra patrols. More than thirty law enforcement agencies around the state participate in extra enforcement to address traffic safety. To find out more about the cost and consequences of a DUI, please access the Montana Department of Transportation's website www.plan2live.mt.gov.