The Montana Highway Patrol prepared for the rivalry weekend months in advance, making sure they had extra staff on hand in Bozeman. Sergeant Pat McLaughlin with MPH tells us he has worked Cat-Griz for several years and felt that this was one of the calmer years he can remember. Early numbers show the MPH only arrested two people for DUI. McLaughlin estimates 15 people were cited for minor in possession and there were only four drug arrests. Over the weekend, they made more than 150 traffic stops total.
"Did see a spike in minor in possession and open containers, it seemed like almost every traffic stop we were making, somebody was going out and starting field sobriety maneuvers on the driver just to confirm, because they were smelling alcohol in the car, and they had reason to believe the driver might be under the influence," said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin says they will now focus on their plans for Christmas and New Years patrols.