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Billings law enforcement to add extra patrols on New Year’s Eve

Posted at 12:39 PM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:50:36-04

BILLINGS- As you hit the town to celebrate and ring-in 2019, the Montan Highway Patrol wants you to remember Troopers will be out with extra patrols and cracking down on impaired driving.

And also happening in Billings this year, a new tool being used by troopers. Some will be tweeting throughout the night, with their first annual Tweet-Along to show the public their busy New Year’s Eve night activity, but also to reinforce a message of safe driving.

Sgt Eric Gilbert of the Billings District said there are extra patrols as Montana Highway Patrol opens up what they call up-step overtime.

Six troopers will be on shift in the Billings and surrounding areas, with several troopers taking advantage of the holiday to enforce safe driving.

Sgt Gilbert says, plan ahead, get a designated driver and have fun!

He says with the extra snowfall, they are anticipating an extra busy New Year’s Eve.

The consequence of driving drunk can include having your license revoked, possible jail time, and up to $10,000 in fines