Numbers Show Extra Patrols Keep Drivers Safe
Contact: Charity Watt, Montana Department of Transportation.
Contact: Sgt. Derek Brown, Montana Highway Patrol, 406-465-9315,
Numbers show extra patrols keep drivers safe
Missoula – Last weekend during the annual Testy Fest, the Montana
Highway Patrol (MHP) implemented extra patrols to keep unsafe drivers
off the road and the early numbers demonstrate these patrols were
From August 1 through 4, there were a total of 154 traffic stops by
the Safety Enforcement Traffic Team (SETT) and District 1 (Missoula
area) MHP troopers.
Of those stops, the SETT made 84 and over half of these were for
speeding. There were also several stops for impaired driving,
including drug usage, careless driving and equipment violations.
Drivers are more diligent in driving safely and obeying traffic laws
when they are aware there is a law enforcement presence.
“The troopers who worked the Testy Fest were busy ensuring the public
safety,” said Sgt. Derek Brown with the Montana Highway Patrol. “The
numbers show these patrols are necessary to keep people from
violating traffic laws, while protecting those drivers who take
The patrols were also watching for seat belt use and making sure
children were buckled in properly. “Most vehicle occupants were using
their safety belts, but we would like to see everyone using them,
since they are the best protection against unsafe drivers,” said Sgt.
Federal grant monies administered by the Montana Department of
Transportation fund the Safety Enforcement Traffic Team (SETT). SETT
provides saturation enforcement around the state at events known for
increased risk of driving under the influence. Working with local law
enforcement, the team covers back roads and city streets, as well as