Over the Memorial Day weekend Montana roads will be filled with folks enjoying Big Sky Country. Increased traffic could lead to an increase in problems on the road.
That's why the Montana Highway Patrol is ramping up the number of troopers on the street.
"The Montana Highway Patrol, along with other local jurisdictions, have increased traffic patrols throughout Memorial Day Weekend due to the number of people that will be traveling the roadways and to ensure your safety," said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Glen Barcus.
The extra patrols are paid for with federal grants.
One of the things the troopers will focus on: people not wearing their seat belt.
"The federal money is allocated towards seat belt enforcement and that money is dispersed at different times during the year. And during the holiday weekends is a primary time," said Trooper Barcus.
Not wearing a seat belt is a secondary offense in Montana, meaning you can't be pulled over for just that.
Trooper Barcus says over the years he's heard a number or excuses and none of them will get you out of getting a ticket this weekend.
"The most common excuse I have for people not wearing a seat belt is they usually wear it and they just didn't wear it that day and you and I both know that that's not the case," Trooper Barcus said.
The troopers will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
"The enhanced enforcement efforts obviously cover drunk and drug impaired driving also. That's something in our jobs we look for daily, whether it be daytime or nighttime or on a holiday or anytime," said Trooper Barcus.
A seat belt ticket will cost you $20, but troopers say it's not about money it's about saving lives.