Local and State law enforcement stay business as usual for Memorial Day

Posted at 7:29 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 12:51:10-04

HELENA -- With Memorial Day bearing the moniker of the "First Unofficial Day of Summer," it also is the beginning of the "100 Deadliest Days," on Montana's roadways.

Historically, the Helena Police Department said that Memorial day has been a relatively slow time of year, but they still plan on sending out extra patrols across the holiday weekend.

"People can expect an increased presence on the street from law-enforcement. We are going to be doing DUI enforcement, actively looking for impaired drivers," said Sergeant Berkeley Conrad of the Helena Police Department. "We encourage the public to call 911 and advise us if they see impaired drivers."

Though Memorial Day traffic can usually be based around the weather, the Montana Highway Patrol also said they will also increase patrols, whether they expect a lot of travellers, or just a few.

"While Mother Nature may not cooperate with us this weekend, I still suspect that people are going to be out and about," said Colonel Thomas Butler from the Montana Highway Patrol. "We'll plan accordingly. We always offer some extra overtime shifts and have some extra troops out this weekend across the state. We'll treat this as a normal Memorial Day weekend."