Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, the Missoula Police Department will increase patrols to combat drunk and impaired driving. The fact that St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Friday this year means things could be even more problematic for local law enforcement. MPD said they expect it to be a fairly dangerous weekend for drivers and passengers alike. 

According to MPD, the celebratory day is one of the biggest drinking occasions of the year, and this, unfortunately, means more drunk drivers on the roads. If you plan to drink, make sure you refrain from driving and make a plan to get home safely. It is important to also remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving. 

Make sure you review these facts and share the word about the dangers of drunk driving with others so that everyone can have a good time without any issues.  

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Here are Some Suggestions From the Missoula Police Department 

  • Plan ahead for a designated driver, ride share, or taxi to arrive home safely.
  • If you host a celebration, make sure you take care of your designated drivers by offering nonalcoholic beverages.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report suspected impaired drivers
  • Always wear a seatbelt. Everyone should buckle up every trip, every time. There is no good excuse not to.
  • And remember, friends don’t let friends drive drunk! Local and state law enforcement agencies are committed to reducing fatalities and serious injuries on Montana’s roadways.

In this day and age, there is no excuse for drinking and driving. There is a plethora of rideshare apps that are more affordable than the cost of a DUI. Again, the Missoula Police Department will be increasing patrols over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend and making DUI arrests to ensure everyone gets home safely. 

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