Choose a sober driver.
Call a cab.
Take the bus.
If you intend to drink, leave your car at home.
And finally? Heed this warning from the Missoula Police Department: “If you have been drinking, don’t drive.”
Tuesday, Sgt. Greg Amundsen reminded people in Missoula that Labor Day weekend is coming Aug.30 to Sept. 1, and police will be on high alert for inebriated drivers. In a news release, the city of Missoula noted it has joined a national crackdown on drunken driving called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” and the enforcement campaign runs Aug. 15 through Sept. 1.
“Our goal is to present an unmistakable and visible presence, ready to arrest drunk drivers who put lives at risk,” reads the news release.
The national campaign notes that last year, Labor Day weekend saw 147 drunken driving fatalities. It also says that throughout the year, someone is killed in an alcohol-related crash every 51 minutes on average; over the Labor Day weekend, an alcohol-related fatality takes place every 34 minutes.
“Not surprisingly, nighttime is the worst, with almost half – 46 percent – of traffic fatalities involving a drunk driver during the Labor Day holiday weekend,” reads the release.