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Labor Day Patrols

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YELLOWSTONE COUNTY, Mont. -

Law enforcement across Montana are taking part in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. That campaign started on August 15th and runs through the Labor Day holiday.

Jared Anglin with Laurel Police said, "Even though we are not having extra patrol, we are fully prepared to enforce traffic and all of the laws to keep everyone safe."

For the most part, the Laurel police officer and Yellowstone County lieutenants KULR-8 spoke too explained they don't expect to put out extra patrol officers for the holiday weekend.

(Kevin Cunningham, LT with sheriff's office)
"Typically for us, everybody is out of town usually so it kind of slows things down," said Lt. Kevin Cunningham with the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office. Lt. Kent O'Donnell, also with the sheriff's office said, "We do the typical at our briefing, "Hey be cautious of traffic, devote a little bit of time to our high traffic, high problem areas." So, of course, Highway 312 and 87 North, we kind of try and get up and do a little more presence in some of those high traffic, higher speed areas, just so the public sees us. As far as any DUI cars or any special traffic enforcement details, we don't have any of that going on this week."

Many people have been stopping in Laurel since it is one of the main stops right off the interstate. However, patrols are staying the same for Laurel Police.

"At this point, we're just patrolling the same, how we are. But, as Laurel PD, we do enforce a lot of traffic. And we know what we're looking for. As officers, we are fully prepared for the weekend. We are prepared to enforce the traffic and the DUI laws and to keep the public safe," said Anglin.

And just like any other regular day, law enforcement wants you to drive sober or call a sober friend. "I'd rather get a phone call from a friend in the morning stating they need a ride, than having a law enforcement officers coming to your house stating that a family member was lost due to a DUI accident."

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