Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, August 29, 2011

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

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 page. 

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    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).

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  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 drunk drivers. 

    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 motorists. 

    Overtime costs for the additional enforcement patrols are covered by a federal grant administered by ITD. 

    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 prosecution. 

    "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 Safety.

    "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 ahead."

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 911. 
  • If you know someone who is about to drive impaired, take their keys and help make other arrangements. 
  • 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 driving crashes.
  • Each year, nearly 12,000 people die on roadways nationwide due to impaired driving. That's equal to about 30 jumbo jets crashing each year.
  • Nights:Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was four times higher at night than during the day (37% versus 9%).  
  • 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.