Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, September 05, 2009

09-06-09 Treasure Valley DUI Task Force

09-06-09 Treasure Valley DUI Task Force

    Boise, Sept. 5, 2009 - The Boise Police Department is pleased to announce the formation of a new task force.

    This is an effort to improve public safety and reduce the number of intoxicated drivers on the road in the Treasure Valley. Boise Police have joined efforts with Nampa, Caldwell and the Idaho State Police Departments to find and arrest drunk drivers.

    The Boise Police Department has been very proactive in the past in looking for impaired drivers. The department has a team of dedicated officers (Night STEP team) who focus their attention and enforcement on the intoxicated driver.

    "We have sent a strong message that Boise, Idaho is not the place to drink and drive," said Boise Police Lieutenant Alan Cavener. "We say, 'If you drink and drive in the Treasure Valley, you will be caught."

    15 Officers from the four agencies hit the streets of Boise last night.

    "This Labor day weekend was a good opportunity to start this program," said Lt. Cavener. "This was the first shift of what we believe will be a strong, long term partnership."

    The results of last nights increased traffic patrols were impressive. DUI Task Force Officers made more than 200 traffic stops. There were 21 DUI arrests, 30 traffic citations written for non DUI related violations, and 17 misdemeanor violations found including driving without privileges, possession of illegal drugs, no contact order violations, and outstanding warrant arrests.

    "We're looking forward to working with Nampa and Caldwell in the future. The intoxicated driver is just as dangerous in Canyon County as in Ada County," said Lt. Cavener.

    The best way to avoid becoming part of these statistics is to simply avoid drinking and driving. Removing the drunk driver from our roads is a public safety issue which we take very seriously.

Release prepared by

Lt. Alan Cavener

Boise Police Department