Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, March 19, 2012

UPDATE: St. Patrick's Day Weekend DUI Patrols

Finding a Designated Driver this St. Patrick's Day isn't Luck, it's Smart!

UPDATE: Boise, March 19, 2012 - Officers and Deputies arrested 20 people between Friday morning through Sunday morning, March 16 - 18. Several officers were working overtime thanks to funds provided by federal and state highway safety grants. 

   Of the DUI Arrests made:

  •  11 of the 20 were made by Boise Police.
  •  2 adults arrested had children in the car and were cited with Injury to Child charges in addition to DUI.
  •  6 were excessive, meaning .20 or higher blood alcohol level.
  •  1 was a minors under age 21.
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    Boise, March 16, 2012 - Boise Police are part of a statewide high-visibility education and enforcement campaign this weekend meant to keep impaired drivers off the streets. If your St. Patrick's Day includes alcohol, plan ahead, DONT DRINK
 AND DRIVE.

    Boise Police want citizens to know extra officers will be on patrol this weekend looking for DUI drivers. Officers want
folks to enjoy the Irish celebration while keeping themselves and their loved ones safe! Officers urge those who may be impaired to use a cab or a designated driver.

    REMEMBER - BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING.

   DUI Arrest & Conviction

Penalties  http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Police/ValleyPatrolDivision/NightSTEP/page5772.aspx

    Prevention: Boise Police urge citizens if they plan to meet friends at a club or attend a private party: 

• Plan a safe way home before your celebrations begin.
• If you plan to get a ride home with someone else, designate a sober driver before any drinking begins.
• If you're impaired, use a taxi, or call a sober friend or family member to get home safely.
• If you see a possible drunk driver on the road, call 9-1-1.

Enjoy St. Patrick's Day. Keep it safe this weekend!

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