July 2019 - Focus on Boating Safety
- Wear a lifejacket. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death; drowning from failure to wear a life jacket was reported in 88% of boating deaths.
- Enjoy being on the water while sober. In Montana it is against the law to operate or be in physical control of a motor boat, personal watercraft, sailboat, water skis, surfboard, or similar device while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Plan ahead. 81% of kayaking fatalities and 46% of canoeing fatalities nationally were because of hazardous weather/water, operator inexperience or error, or a combination of both. Research the venue, check the weather, and make sure your skill level, equipment and provisions are adequate for the trip!
July 2019 - Focus on Active Transportation Safety
June 2019 - Focus on Firework Safety
May 2019 - May 23, 2019: Stop the Bleed Day
April 2019 - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – April 27th
March 2019 - Teen Dating Violence
January 2019 - Impaired Driving
- Montana has one of the highest rates in the nation for crash deaths caused by impaired drivers; impaired driving resulted in 61% of Montana’s roadway fatalities in 2017.
- Nationally, drugged driving is increasing; similarly, DUI cases that involve both alcohol and drugs are on the rise in Montana.
- Designate a sober driver ahead of time. If you get stuck without a sober ride, call a friend, or a cab, Uber or Lyft. It’s not just you that’s at risk- you could kill another person a family member, a friend, or someone else.
January 2019 - Carbon Monoxide (CO)Dangers
- Carbon monoxide (CO), known as the Quiet Killer, is an odorless, colorless gas produced anytime a fossil fuel is burned that can cause sudden illness and death.
- Common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion; people who are sleeping or intoxicated can die from CO poisoning before symptoms are recognized.
- Prevent CO poisonings by proper use and maintenance of fossil fuel burning heaters, engines, and appliance, and by installation of CO detectors.
January 22-26, 2019 - Get the Facts, National Drug Facts Week
December 2018 - Buckle Up - Every Trip, Every Time
- States with primary enforcement seat belt laws, which allow unrestrained drivers to be cited independently of any other traffic infraction, have succeeded in raising seat belt use by 10-12 percent.
- In 2017, 84 vehicle occupants who died on Montana roadways were not wearing their seatbelt. Two thirds of the unrestrained people who died were ejected from their vehicle.
- Before you even start your vehicle, make sure that you and all of your passengers are buckled up—every trip, every time.
April 2018 - ATV Safety