|June 27, 2013
Tribal patrols increase during Arlee Pow Wow
PABLO — Officers of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Police will increase patrols during the 4th of July extended weekend. The annual celebration at Arlee is expected to add traffic during a holiday period that is known as one of the deadliest times to be on the road. Tribal Police officers are taking extra shifts in an effort to prevent hazardous driving and keep the highways safe for families traveling to the pow wow.
“It’s summer, so there are a lot more vehicles on the roads and more traffic means more chances for collisions. We’re asking drivers to be patient, obey our traffic laws, use your seat belts, focus on the road and drive sober,” said Police Chief Craige Couture.
The 4th of July weekend also has one of the highest national averages for the number of alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths. Law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers as well as enforcing other traffic laws.
“If you know you are going to be driving, alcohol shouldn’t be part of your celebration. This is a time for family fun and tribal traditions. Please don’t be a risk to other travelers—plan ahead for a sober driver or don’t get behind the wheel,” Chief Couture added.
Law enforcement agencies across Montana are stepping up patrols during the 4th of July holiday. The Lake County Sheriff’s Department and the Ronan Police Department are among those participating in the extra traffic enforcement.
Support for traffic safety efforts of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Police is provided by the Safe On All Roads program of the Montana Department of Transportation in partnership with Tribal Health. Funding for additional patrols is provided by the Montana Department of Transportation.