Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, October 30, 2008

10-30-08 Halloween Downtown BAC Checks

10-30-08 Halloween Downtown BAC Checks

UPDATE: 

    Boise, Nov. 1, 2008 - For those of you who covered the free, voluntary breathalyzer tests given out overnight by Boise Police in the BPD mobile substation parked near 6th & Main, officers say the education and DUI prevention effort was a great success.

    Between midnight and approx 2:00 a.m. this morning, nearly 300 people volunteered to take the free tests.

- 133 people checked were found to be less than the legal limit of .08
- 150 people were between .08 and .199
- 10 people were .20 or greater

    The free breathalyzer tests are given by Boise Police periodically downtown as a way to educate citizens on the individual effects of drinking alcohol, and to prevent people from drinking and driving.

    Boise Police made 15 DUI arrests last night and early this morning, plus six other arrests on alcohol related charges.

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    Boise, oct. 30, 2008 - Boise Police will offer free blood alcohol checks tomorrow night, Friday, Oct. 31st, as part of the department's larger Halloween Safety Program.

    The Boise Police Mobile Substation, a large RV-type vehicle, will be parked on 6th Street, just south of Main Street beginning just before midnight, Friday night, Oct. 31st. Officers will use individual breathalyzers to test the BAC of volunteering citizens.

    The goal is to:

Educate citizens that they may be more impaired than they realize.

Prevent drinking and driving!

    The Boise Police Department has provided this education to citizens downtown in the past, and it's proven to be an eye-opening experience for those who wish to take part.

    Media is invited to cover the educational outreach program. On site contact is Sgt. David Cavanaugh.

    Who: Boise Police, citizens downtown

    What: Voluntary blood alcohol checks

    Where: 6th St. south of Main

    When: approx. midnight until 2:00 a.m., or until crowds dispurse.

    Why: To prevent drunk driving, and educate citizens to the impacts of drinking alcohol.