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By Don Smies 

2017 Ride Token Program a Success


September 20, 2017 | View PDF

In our effort to confront and reduce buzzed and impaired driving, Richland County Injury Prevention & DUI Task Force was able to continue the Ride Token Program this summer.

This year’s Richland County Fair and Rodeo Token Project ran from August 2, 2017, to August 5, 2017. One hundred free ride tokens were provided to the beer garden and 50 to the Richland County Sheriff Department for dissemination. We are proud to report 91 Fair attendees were provided a FREE and SAFE ride home. A 203% increase in riders from 2016 RCF&R.

The 2017 RCF&R Ride Token Program would not have been possible without the generous donations from the following sponsors; Hurley Enterprises INC., Blue Rock Distributing Co., M & C Beverage Inc., Richland County Tavern Association, Compliance Monitoring Systems LLC, Julie Brodhead, LYREC, Honorable Katherine Bidegaray and Richland County Transportation Service. The total cost for 91 riders was $1130.23, an average of $12.42 a person.

The 2017 Old Timers Festival in Fairview was July 14th and 15th. Thirty Tokens were supplied to each of the 4 establishments serving alcohol. 30 Tokens were also given to the Richland County Sheriff Department, for a total of 150 Free Ride Tokens. 59 Festival attendees received a FREE and SAFE ride home. A tremendous increase from the previous years. The total cost for the 59 riders was $960.31, an average of $16.28 a person.

We are thankful for the continued success of this program and are looking forward to see how we can expand this project in the future. The Ride Token Program is funded strictly by the generous donations of donors and any fundraising events held. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, donations can be mailed to Richland County Health Department/ DUI Task Force 1201 Holly St. Suite #1 Sidney, Montana 59270. Your donation is tax deductible. You can call for more information about the program.

The DUI Task Force has many more projects and if you would like to help call Don Smies at 433-2207 or email at [email protected]

Together, we have and will continue to make a difference.


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