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Whitefish Police stepping up Presidents’ Day DUI patrols

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Feb 13 2013 09:04:05 PM MST
Whitefish Police stepping up Presidents’ Day DUI patrols
WHITEFISH, Mont. -

Whitefish Police officers say they hope folks will make the right choice and not drink and drive during Presidents’ Day Weekend. The Department is ramping up DUI patrols around town over the weekend, teaming up with MHP and doing what they call “DUI Saturation Patrols.” 

Officers are able to utilize Montana Department of Transportation funds to do the extra patrols. Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial says the weekend is one of the busiest times of the season, and he hopes the sight of increased patrols around the area will help encourage folks to think twice before getting behind the wheel. 

Dial tells NBC Montana that DUI arrests in Whitefish have actually seen a downward trend overall. Dial says roughly 130 people were arrested for DUI in Whitefish in 2009, and about 80 in 2012.

“People are starting to understand that sober drivers are the way to go and taxis are the way to so, so we’re hoping people will use good judgment,” said Dial.

Dial says patrols will hit areas like Big Mountain Road, Highway 93 and Highway 40.