08-26-11 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Boise, Sept. 6, 2011 -UPDATE: Officers
made 42 arrests in Ada County for drunk driving over the Labor day
weekend, from 6:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2nd through 6:00 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 6th.
Boise Police made 21 of those 42
arrests.Others were made by Ada County Sheriff's deputies,
Meridian, Garden City and Idaho State Police. Many of the arresting
officers were working extra patrols as part of a state and
nationwide crackdown on DUI.
DUI Arrests included several felonies
(See BPD weekend Incident Report dated 9-6-11), and at least one
Enhanced DUI; Boise Police arrested suspect Jason Adakai, 21 of
Nampa late Saturday night, Sept. 3rd at W. State & N 17th
Street. After his arrest, Adakai blew a .255 and a.261 blood
alcohol content. Enhanced DUI convictions bring enhanced penalties.
For more on DUI penalties, go the the BPD Night STEP web
Boise, Aug. 29, 2011 -UPDATE: The first
weekend of a special DUI crackdown in Ada County results in36 DUI
arrestsbetween Friday evening, August 26th and Sunday morning,
August 29th. In a typical weekend, law enforcement officers will
make between 20 and 25 DUI arrests in the county. However, as noted
below, extra DUI patrols are out thanks to a federal grant
providing officers with overtime to specifically work DUI patrols.
The program is called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
DUI Task Force:Friday night, Aug. 26th
into Saturday morning, Aug. 27th, the Treasure Valley DUI Task
Force focused on the Boise/Garden City area. Of the 20 DUI arrests
made in Ada County during that time, 18 were made by Task Force
Officers. As noted below, the Treasure Valley DUI Task Force is
made up of officers from Boise, Garden City, Meridian, Nampa,
Caldwell and Idaho State Police. All Task Force officers work
together under a cooperative agreement allowing them enforcement
authority in each participating jurisdiction.
Of the 8 DUI arrests made by Boise
Police during the Task Force deployment, one woman (Suspect Cynthia
D. Beaton-Vestman) was arrested near E. Iowa Dr and E. Boise Ave
Friday night for Enhanced DUI with a BAC of .306/.316, almost 4
times the legal limit of .08. At least 2 DUI arrests were the
result of citizen tips to 911. Officers arrested one suspect for
driving while under the influence of marijuana (suspect Erica K.
Marquess, aka Hawkes).
Boise, Aug 26, 2011 - Alcohol-impaired driving is a
deadly crime that's still prevalent throughout America. To crack
down on alcohol-impaired driving - which is especially common in
the summer - Boise Police will join officers throughout Idaho and
the country, hitting the streets in record numbers watching for
The Boise Police Labor Day DUI crack
down begins today and continues through Labor Day, Sept. 6th.
It's part a nationwide effort calledDrive Sober or Get Pulled
Over. By increasing patrols, officers expect to arrest more
drunk drivers and make the holiday weekend safer for
Overtime costs for the additional
enforcement patrols are covered by a federal grant administered by
The Extra DUI enforcement will also
include an effort by theTreasure Valley DUI Task Forcein the
Boise/Garden City area tonight. The Task Force includes officers
from Boise, Garden City, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell and Idaho State
Police. The DUI Task Force mobilizes to arrests drunk drivers and
promote safe streets around large venues and events with the goal
of allowing those attending such events to get home safely.
"No one should ever get that late-night
knock on the door from officers telling you your loved one has died
due to an impaired driver," said Sgt. Brett Quilter, supervisor of
theBoise Police Night STEP Team, the team of seven officers
specially trained in DUI education, enforcement and
"Impaired driving is not an accident.
It's a horrible and careless choice that leaves too many families
dealing with grief and hardship. Prevent drunk driving by planing
how to get homebeforeyou start drinking. For those that chose to
drink and drive, officers will be watching and they will be
arrested." said Sgt. Quilter.
"Timing for the law enforcement effort
is significant because the Labor Day holiday period has become
notorious as a time when many drivers make the deadly decision to
drive drunk," said Kevin Bechen with ITD's Office of Highway
"Don't become a highway statistic,"
Bechen said. "Much of the tragedy from drunk driving can be
prevented with a few simple precautions, starting with planning
Planning to drink? Don't drive.
- Designate a sober driver and give
that person your keys before you start drinking.
- If you don't know whether you are
impaired, play it safe. Call a taxi, a sober friend or family
member to get home.
- Promptly report drunk drivers
seen on roadways to law enforcement by calling
- If you know someone who is about
to drive impaired, take their keys and help make other
- Wear your seat belt. It is your
best defense against a drunk driver.
More Facts about Drinking and Driving
- Last year, 96 people died in Idaho as a result of impaired
- Each year, nearly 12,000 people die on roadways nationwide due
to impaired driving. That's equal to about 30 jumbo jets crashing
- Nights:Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal
crashes was four times higher at night than during the day (37%
- Weekends:Thirty-one percent of drivers involved in fatal
crashes on weekends were alcohol-impaired, compared with 16 percent
during the weekdays.
- Frequency:In 2009, someone died as the result of a DUI related
crash on average, every 48 minutes.
- Types of vehicles:The percentage of drivers with BACs of .08 or
above involved in fatal crashes in 2009 was highest for motorcycle
riders (29 percent), followed by drivers of light trucks (23
percent) and passenger cars (23 percent).
- Motorcycles:Forty-three percent of the 2,291 motorcycle riders
who died in single-vehicle crashes had BACs of .08 or above.
- Age:DUI arrests occur most frequently among young males 21 to
34 years old.