DOJ: News Release

Patrol, MDT: Safety Spot Checks in Place for Holiday Weekend

HELENA – The colonel of the Montana Highway Patrol and the director of the Montana Department of Transportation reminded Montana drivers today that safety spot checks will be in place on Montana highways over the Labor Day weekend.

The Labor Day special enforcement will run from 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1 through the end of the day, Monday, Sept. 4. MHP Colonel Paul Grimstad said the spot checks will take place across the state, in areas where the Patrol has adequate space to safely check vehicles.

During a stop, troopers will check for a valid driver license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Drivers without proper documents may receive a ticket or a warning.

“Our goal is a fatality-free Labor Day weekend,” Grimstad said. “Like always, we want everyone on Montana roads to get safely from where they are to where they’re going.”

The safety spot checks are funded through the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). Through STEP, the Montana Department of Transportation provides funding to state and local law enforcement agencies to increase hours spent patrolling Montana’s roadways.

“MDT is committed to reversing the deadly trends on Montana’s roads,” said Jim Lynch, director of the Department of Transportation. “Partnering with STEP is a key component to helping ensure travelers’ safety.”

In the past five years, there have been 19 fatal crashes and 20 fatalities over the long Labor Day weekend. In the same time period, only the Independence Day weekend has been more deadly, with 21 crashes and 23 deaths.
As of August 24, there have been 174 fatalities on Montana roads this year, compared with 170 on the same date in 2005.

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