Extra DUI Patrols!
Boise, June 29, 2011 - Boise Police are joining agencies all over Idaho this July 4th holiday in cracking down on impaired driving with aggressive Drunk Driving. Over the Limit, Under Arrest enforcement. Thanks to a grant from the Idaho Office of Highway Safety, Boise Police will have extra DUI patrols on the streets beginning June 30th through July 11th.
DUI a deadly problem: Sadly, for too many Americans, the nation's annual celebration ends in tragedy. The July 4th holiday and the days leading up to and following the holiday are among the deadliest of the year for alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities. Statistics gathered from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the past 25 years show that, on average, nearly half of all deadly traffic crashes over each year’s July 4th holiday involved some level of alcohol. Of the 410 people killed on US roadways during the July 4th weekend, 2009 (most recent for which statistics are available), 40% of the crashes involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.
"Aggressive enforcement of drunk driving laws is a priority for Boise Police. Our officers have responded to too many tragedies, and have had to tell too many families that alcohol was a factor in a crash that killed a loved one." said Boise Police Patrol Captain Pete Ritter.
"If you are found driving impaired, you will be arrested, " said Capt. Ritter.
“We want people to be careful all weekend, but particularly at night,” said Capt. Ritter. “The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes is four times higher at night than during the day.”
For more information, please visit www.stopimpaireddriving.org
release from the Idaho Office of Highway Safety:
BOISE - Ensuring safe travel on Idaho highways is a prime reason for high visibility education and enforcement campaigns that target impaired driving, such as one planned statewide June 30 - July 11, which includes the Fourth of July holiday.
Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety works with partners statewide to reduce deaths and injuries from traffic crashes by addressing impaired driving. This effort is part of the department’s commitment to achieve a goal of zero deaths on Idaho highways.
According to statistics gathered by ITD, 70 agencies statewide participated in the St. Patrick’s Day safety effort to eliminate impaired driving. These efforts identified not only impaired drivers, but those who were involved in dangerous driving behaviors or caught breaking traffic laws as well.
Law enforcement officers made 225 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests across the state during the 10-day St. Patrick's Day effort, from March 11 to March 21.
In addition to the DUI arrests, law enforcement officers apprehended 263 fugitives, made 162 felony arrests, recorded 210 drug arrests and recovered six stolen vehicles. A number of additional citations also were issued during the campaign. These included 366 seat belt citations, 26 child passenger safety and youth seat belt citations, 290 suspended license citations, 1,151 uninsured motorist citations, 1,486 speeding citations, and 39 reckless driving citations.
“We encourage every driver to make smart choices when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle,” said Kevin Bechen, with ITD's Highway Safety Office. “ITD and its highway safety partners are committed to doing everything we can to help keep families safe and whole as we work Towards Zero Deaths on all of Idaho’s roadways.”