DUI Task Force

Missoula County's DUI Task Force Mission

The DUI Task Force prevents impaired driving through education, the support of traffic enforcement, the advancement of safe driving awareness, and effective legislation.

Montana's DUI Task Forces

The Missoula County DUI task force is one of several civilian-based task forces throughout the state of Montana.

 

Each task force is a coalition of community members driving toward safer roads for all of us.

Initial funding comes from driver license reinstatement fees.

Montana's DUI task forces operate at the county level to reduce and prevent impaired driving. (Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Drugs, Technology, or other Impairments)

DUI task forces are an essential mechanism for decreasing the state's alcohol-related injury and fatality rates.​

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What is DUI?

DUI is short for Driving Under the Influence and it comes in many forms.

  • "Under the influence" means that as a result of taking into the body alcohol, drugs, or any combination of alcohol and drugs, a person's ability to safely operate a vehicle has been diminished. MCA 61-8-401

  • It can be illegal, dangerous, and potentially deadly to Drive Under the Influence of:

    • Alcohol​

    • Illegal Drugs

    • Prescription Drugs

    • Some Over The Counter (OTC) Medications 

    • Poly Substance Use - Two or more substances (i.e., Alcohol and Marijuana or Alcohol and an OTC medication) 

      • "Drugs in combination with alcohol and multiple drugs present an even greater risk to traffic safety."  (Article)

 

DUI Penalties

DUI Laws in Montana (Title 61/Chapter 8/Part 4)

Montana prohibits the driving or being in physical control of a vehicle when:

  1. Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is

  2. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) level is 5 ng/ml or more, (MCA 61-8-411), or

  3. while under the influence of any impairing substance or combination fo substances (poly-substance use) to a degree that renders a person incapable of safely driving a vehicle.

  4. Implied Consent - Blood or Breath Tests

    • A person who operates or is in actual physical control of a vehicle upon ways of this state open to the public is considered to have given consent to a test or tests of the person's blood or breath for the purpose of determining any measured amount or detected presence of alcohol or drugs in the person's body. (MCA 61-8-402)

 

Distracted Driving - Do you do it?

2841 in 2018. 

Two Thousand Eight Hundred Forty-One people were killed in 2018 in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.  Among those killed: 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians, and 77 bicyclists.  (Source: NHTSA)

 

Drive Safe Missoula is leading our local efforts to save lives by preventing this dangerous behavior.

 

 

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DUI Task Force Annual Plan

July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021

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Missoula City-County Health Department

301 W. Alder

Missoula, MT  59802

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