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DUI Task Force Discusses Alcohol Crash Simulation At Wolf Point High School

When the task force met Friday, Dec. 7, the Roosevelt County DUI Task Force discussed the possibility of holding another DUI crash simulation at Wolf Point High School and other county high schools during 2019.
DUI task force coordinator A.J. Allen said he hopes to present another DUI crash simulation to Wolf Point students in the spring. Allen said he will begin planning the event in January with local law enforcement, Northeast Montana Health Services staff and the school district.
The DUI Task Force, several law enforcement agencies and NEMHS partnered for a DUI crash simulation in the Wolf Point High School parking lot in 2015. Wolf Point Police, Roose-velt County deputies, Montana Highway Patrol and NEMHS EMS responded to the staged “crash” with a fatality and serious injuries [all WPHS student actors]. The students were then taken inside the school auditorium where the stage had been transformed into a trauma emergency room with Dr. Mark Zilkoski, several NEMHS nurses and medical flight team from Billings.
Allen said he hopes to have similar DUI awareness events in several school districts, including Culbertson and Poplar.
Allen, one member of the task force and a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy will travel to Helena at a yet undetermined date in early 2019 to train to become Department of Revenue Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service trainers for employees of local alcohol beverage establishments and retail stores that sell alcohol. There is a current shortage of RASS trainers in northeast Montana. Allen said the state Department of Revenue has a RASS training site online that is currently available for new bar and retail employees.
Allen said the highway patrol recently presented the Alive At 25 alcohol education program that targets youth to several juvenile and young adult DUI offenders in Culbertson. Several were court-ordered following a crash where a vehicle went into the Missouri River.
Brad Nielsen, Culbertson School physical education/health teacher and Culbertson School District drug and alcohol coordinator, said a few of the court- ordered youths did not take the course.
Alive At 25 will also be given to the Culbertson High School Jobs For Montana graduates students and at Brockton School during the spring of 2019.
Allen said the task force has purchased DUI awareness advertising that will run on KVCK AM and FM from Dec. 17 until Jan. 1.
He also said he wants to have DUI awareness obstacle courses at schools during the coming year. A tribal obstacle course program is used in Harlem, Dodson and other schools.
County commissioner Gary Macdonald said, “We [DUI task Force] are the only organization out there that — if we are successful — will put ourselves out of business, which would be a good thing.”
A planned election of new officers was not held due to too few task force members attending the meeting.
The DUI Task Force, now in existence nearly five years, meets the first Friday of most months and is comprised of representatives of local law enforcement and members of the communities. Meeting times have changed to 10 a.m. The next meeting will be held in the Roosevelt County Health Department conference room Friday, Jan. 4. The public is welcome to attend.