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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 levelequipment and provisions are adequate for the trip!

July 2019 - Focus on Active Transportation Safety

  • Making walking, bicycling, and other forms of active transportation safe benefits our communities.
  • In 2017 over 120 bicyclists in Montana were injured in crashes with motor vehicles; remember to bicycle safely, especially when sharing the road with motorists.
  • A helmet can protect you from serious brain or head injury. Learn how to pick the right one.

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