With graduations, proms and the summer season beginning in our beautiful valley, the Gallatin County DUI Task Force would like to remind everyone to be safe when driving this season.

Statistics from MADD tell us that in 2015, there were over 300,000 drinking and driving incidents nationwide each day with 290,000 injuries daily. Every two minutes a person is injured in a drunk driving crash and 10,265 people were killed. In the amount of time it takes you to read this letter, someone will be injured or killed in a drunk driving accident.

According to the CDC, the average drunk driver has driven intoxicated over 80 times before their first arrest and 1/3 of all drivers arrested or convicted are repeat offenders.

Did you know that Montana is tied with North Dakota for the highest DUI arrests and fatalities in the country?

The DUI Task Force urges everyone to please be safe this summer. Give your keys away, take the keys from someone who is impaired. Prevention is essential. We are fortunate to have many options in the Gallatin Valley – take the bus, call a cab, use an Uber ride, or with the beautiful weather we have this season, walk home. The life you save by doing so may just be your own.

If you have any questions, please visit our webpage link at www.gallatin.mt.gov.

Maureen C. Exley

Gallatin Valley DUI Task Force