Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lose Your Keys - A Drunk Driving Awareness Event

Lose Your Keys - A Drunk Driving Awareness Event

    Boise, Jan. 20, 2011 - Boise Police are proud to be helping with a grassroots event aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.

    The event is aimed at getting the message out particularly to young adults in our community. Boise Police statistics show 48% of people arrested for drunk driving are in their teens or 20's, and of those approx 58% of have a blood alcohol content of .20 or higher or it's already their second DUI offense*.

    "We're finding too many young people in our community are risking not only their safety and the safety of others, but risking their future with the very dangerous behavior of drinking and driving," said Officer Casey Hancuff, a DUI enforcement officer with Boise Police. Officer Hancuff just surpassed 2,500 DUI arrests. he is one of several Boise Police officers who routinely make at or near 300 DUI arrests each year.

    "We know that alcohol is often a factor in the deaths or serious injuries of young people**. Even one bright future lost to a DUI crash is too many," said Officer Hancuff.

    Over the Thanksgiving holiday, three young people lost their lives in a crash in Garden City suspected to involve alcohol. This event is being organized by friends of one of the victims as a way to reach out to young adults to save their lives, their futures and the lives of their friends by raising awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.

    Please plan to attend this Sunday, Jan. 23rd, Simplot Ballroom, Boise State University Student Union Building. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the event starts at 7:00 p.m. The event is free to all who attend.

    Speaking at the event will be Officer Hancuff, former Boise State Football Coach Dan Hawkins, and Natalie Marti, a young woman who tragically lost her husband and baby girl in a crash involving  a DUI driver.

 

*2009 BPD stats

**leading causes of death for young adults, car crashes, other accidents, homicide, suicide, Miller, et al, 2006. http://camy.org/ (Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth), www.madd.org