Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Years Eve Reminders!

12-30-10 New Years Eve Reminders!

    At this time of year the Boise Police Night STEP DUI team and officers across the nation are working diligently to take drunk drivers off our streets. The responsibility to ensure that our neighbors, family and friends do not drive impaired falls on all of us. If you know someone who may choose to get behind the wheel and drink encourage them to think responsibly this holiday season. 

    On News Years Eve Boise Police will be running at full staff in an effort to locate and arrest DUI drivers. In addition, the Boise Police DUI team will have two additional officers to help with dedicated DUI patrols. 

    Boise Police want everyone to have a happy and memorable New Years Eve by drinking responsibly and avoiding some of the pitfalls that can ruin your festivities!

    If you see a drunk driver report them to your local law enforcement immediately!

About Drunk Driving:

    In Idaho, a blood alcohol content of .08 or above is considered impaired, and legally drunk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, all 50 states have now passed .08 BAC laws for impaired driving. An NHTSA study shows nearly 97% of American's view drinking and driving by others as a threat to their families and themselves. The study found American's rank drunk driving ahead of health care, poverty, the environment and gun control as an important social issue. The majority of American's support increased enforcement efforts, according to the NHTSA.

National statistics show 40% of those killed in auto accidents are involved in alcohol related crashes.

Boise Police Recommend You:

  • Be responsible and don't risk it you will be caught.
  • If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement call 911.
  • Always buckle up its your best defense against an impaired driver
  • Serve non-alcohol refreshments at your holiday gathering