Written by Darla Shumway
By Vicki Viall
Did you know that, in Montana, alcohol and/or drugs contribute to 40 to 50 percent of all traffic fatalities each year? Up to 50 percent! Or that Montana has one of the highest rates in the nation for per capita consumption of alcohol?
In a recent Centers for Disease Control report, two of the top 10 cities in the United States with drinking problems are in Montana — Bozeman at number nine and Missoula at number three. Fargo, N.D., topped that list at number one.
The CDC based their report not on alcoholics, but on those with drinking problems, defined as “a drinking problem is marked by tendencies to binge drink, consume a large amount of alcohol throughout the week, or get drunk while pregnant or underage.”
Now that we have your attention, plans are underway to form a Roosevelt County DUI Task Force to begin to combat this problem.
The first step in this process — gaining a resolution from the Roosevelt County Commissioners — is currently in progress.
The next step is to recruit members for the task force. Certain agencies and individuals will, obviously, be members, such as law enforcement, medical personnel and first responders.
Meetings will be held once a month and will alternate between Wolf Point and Poplar.