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DUI Task Force Considers Rotating Meeting Locations

In an effort to increase participation at monthly Roosevelt County DUI Task Force meetings, task force coordinator A.J. Allen said during the January meeting in Wolf Point Friday, Jan. 4, that he wants to reach out to other communities besides Wolf Point.


The next meeting will be held at the Roosevelt County Complex, located at 307 Broadway in Culbertson, Friday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
A Poplar meeting might be held in March or April. Meetings will continue to be held in Wolf Point about every three months.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy Frederick Lee said alternating meeting locations would increase participation from residents of Poplar and the Culbertson/Bainville/Froid area.
The task force has met most months in the Roosevelt County Health Department conference room in Wolf Point since the task force was in the planning stages in 2013. Now an established task force for nearly five years, it meets the first Friday of most months and is comprised of representatives of local law enforcement and members of the communities.
In other business, Allen said he wants to have DUI awareness obstacle courses at area high schools during the spring. A tribal obstacle course program is used in Harlem, Dodson and other schools.
Teenagers wearing “drunk simulation goggles” would drive golf carts between traffic cones. The goggles simulate effects of alcohol on the brain and vision and increase awareness of dangers associated with drinking and driving. The activity helps to offset common misconceptions about drinking and driving.
In another matter, Allen said there is currently only one Montana Department of Revenue Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service trainer located east of Lewistown. That individual is Zack Burner of Glasgow. The state-mandated training for three-year certification to sell or serve alcohol is required for all employees of alcoholic beverage establishments and retail stores that sell alcohol. The course can be taken online.
Allen said he is working to schedule RASS training classes in Poplar and Culbertson in the near future and Wolf Point at a later date.
Allen, one member of the task force and a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy will train in the near future to become certified as Department of Revenue RASS trainers.
Allen also said the task force has purchased DUI awareness advertising that will run on KVCK AM and FM Jan. 28 through Feb. 3 for Super Bowl weekend. The task force ran similar radio advertising for the holiday season from Dec. 17, 2018, through Jan. 1.
Possible changes to the DUI Task Force scholarship for graduating high school seniors and a topic for this year’s essay that applicants must write will be discussed and voted on at the February meeting.
An election for task force officers was held. Colleen
Timmins-Lee of Wolf Point, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper, was elected president. She replaces county commissioner Gary Macdonald. Mary Machart of Culbertson, the Jobs for Montana Graduates teacher at Culbertson School, was elected vice president.
Allen said having a president from Wolf Point and a vice president from Culbertson would help create a better connection between the eastern and western sections of Roosevelt County.