On Monday, Attorney General Steve Bullock marked the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Montana 24/7 Sobriety Program Act with a visit to the Flathead. The program aims to curb drinking and driving in Montana.
Repeat offenders take a breath test twice a day, every day, in the morning and at night, paying a small fee. Offenders in rural areas can wear ankle bracelets so officers can see if they?re drinking.
Bullock says 16 counties have joined the program so far, with 11 other counties on the way. Since the beginning of the program, more than 56,000 breath tests have been performed, with a 99.7 percent passing rate.
?What we?re seeing is that in these communities, some real changes and some real ability then to hold our offenders accountable, them paying for it and ultimately keeping our community safer,? said Bullock.