Posted: Dec 29, 2012 4:37 PM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
HELENA - New Year's Eve is fast approaching and the Montana Highway Patrol will be increasing the number of troopers on the roads, because they have more overtime to offer this year.
The money for overtime comes from a federal grant, as well as from DUI task forces across the state.
The intent is to offer troopers overtime, putting more of them out on the road to keep motorists safer this New Year's Eve.
"To help the safety of the motoring public during this holiday time-we want everybody to have a great New Year," said Trooper Brian Inman.
"We want them to be responsible in their drinking and responsible in their driving, especially with the weather and the icy road condition. Anytime that you add the weather, the driving becomes a little more difficult," he concluded.
The Montana Department of Transportation reports our state has one of the highest alcohol related fatality rates in the nation per vehicle miles traveled.
MHP asks drivers to take it easy if they're going to be driving and to be sure to buckle-up. AAA and local businesses are teaming up to offer their Tipsy Tow program; call 1-800.AAA.HELP.