Montana Troopers Increasing Patrols Before Labor Day

Officials say there will be more patrol vehicles and DUI checkpoints through Sept. 7

By Dillon Tabish

BUTTE — Those driving through Montana should notice more law enforcement on highways as the Montana Highway Patrol is increasing patrols.

The Montana Standard reports that the patrol is increasing patrols as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving over Labor Day weekend. The department is starting its 20-day, high-visibility campaign Friday.

Officials say there will be more patrol vehicles and DUI checkpoints, as well as increased messaging about drunk driving through Sept. 7.

Officials say drunk driving accounted for 38 percent of crash fatalities over Labor Day weekend in 2013.

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