MHP Trooper Griffin Sutherland

HELENA – The Montana Highway Patrol, Helena Police and Sheriffs Department say they’re increasing patrols for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend.

According to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s office and Helena Police Department, the extra patrols will start on Thursday, March 15th.

The extra officers are paid for through the Montana Department Of Transportation’s Vision Zero initiative.

Deputy Michael Bruce tells MTN News that people should have a designated driver if they chose to drink and want to get some safely.

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Bruce said all officers will pull people over if they suspect impaired driving.

“When we have major holidays in Lewis and Clark County we will post extra task force shift that are available. Being under the influence for alcohol can be very dangerous, not only for yourself if you get in an accident and hit somebody else,” said Bruce.

The public is encouraged to call 911 if they suspect a driver is drunk.

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs office said don’t press your luck, drive sober or get pulled over.