Highway patrol prepares as Testicle Festival kicks off


MISSOULA, Mont. - The 33rd annual Testicle Festival kicks off this week in Clinton, and Montana Highway Patrol troopers are urging people to be safe while traveling to and from the event.

MHP will have a plane watching vehicles along the road. If the pilot detects speeding or reckless driving, he tells a trooper who then pulls the vehicle over. In addition to the plane, a helicopter can be deployed if necessary.

Trooper Chad Dever said troopers will be out in full force.

"We're going to have a strong presence out in that area. We're going to have a number of troopers, a number of sheriff's deputies. We're going have Montana Highway Patrol travel squad and, at an unannounced time, we're going to have the MHP airplane help with the enforcement of our traffic laws," said Dever.

Dever is urging people to take the shuttle the festival provides or have a designated driver.