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DUI Task Force

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Missoula County's DUI Task Force: Preventing Impaired Driving for Safer Roads

Welcome to Missoula County's DUI Task Force, where we are dedicated to the prevention of impaired driving and the promotion of safer roads. Through a comprehensive approach that encompasses education, support for traffic enforcement, heightened safe driving awareness, and effective legislation, our mission is to make a tangible impact in reducing DUI incidents.

As part of Montana's network of DUI task forces, the Missoula County DUI task force stands united with other civilian-based task forces across the state. Our collective goal is to create safer communities by actively working to combat impaired driving and its detrimental effects on road safety.

Funding for our vital initiatives stems from driver license reinstatement fees, ensuring that resources are allocated directly towards programs and initiatives that make a difference.

Operating at the county level, our dedicated task force endeavors to reduce and prevent impaired driving caused by alcohol, drugs, technology, or any other impairments.

Montana's DUI task forces play a pivotal role in curbing alcohol-related injuries and fatalities. By leveraging our comprehensive strategies and collaborating with local communities, we strive to make a lasting impact on road safety.

 

Join us in our mission to create a safer Montana, one where impaired driving is minimized and lives are protected.

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, 2022 to June 30, 2023

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