Boise, Aug. 23, 2012 - Boise Police are increasing DUI enforcement through the busy Labor Day holiday weekend. The effort is part of a statewide education and enforcement effort to keep drivers who have been drinking off Idaho roadways.
August has the highest rate of fatal and serious injury crashes and drunk driving isa contributing factor, according to state statistics.
Boise Police have received a $4,000 grant from ITD to pay for officer overtime for the extra DUI patrols beginning August 25th and continuing through September 8th.
The Idaho Transportation Department is partnering with local law enforcement agencies across Idaho to make highways safer by providing federal funding for education efforts and the increased DUI enforcement patrols. The effort is part of an on-going education campaign, including billboard, radio and TV spots urging drivers not to drink and drive. In Idaho, the campaign is called Toward Zero Deaths, a traffic safety campaign aimed at keeping all drivers and passengers safe on Idaho roadways. While the public messages are running, highly visible enforcement efforts are also taking place to reinforce the importance of safe and sober driving
Boise Police also participate the Treasure Valley DUI Task Force. The Task Force includes BPD, Idaho State Police, Nampa and Caldwell Police and allows officers to join forces and increase patrols during times or events that may bring an increase in drunk drivers. The Task Force is a way all participating Treasure Valley law enforcement agenices can show that DUI enforcementn is a priority and drunk driving will not be tolerated.
Release from Idaho Transportation Office of Highway Safety:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Choose to drive sober this Labor Day
BOISE - Labor Day picnics and activities offer people many choices, from what to eat to what to do. One important choice the Idaho Transportation Department encourages everyone to make is to not drive impaired.
ITD and law enforcement officers throughout Idaho are partnering in a high-visibility impaired driving education and enforcement campaign Aug. 25 through Sept. 8. The campaign is part of a nationwide Labor Day education and enforcement campaign targeting drunk driving.
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.
“Timing for the law enforcement effort is significant because the Labor Day holiday period has become notorious as a time when many drivers and motorcyclists make the deadly decision to drive or ride drunk,” said Kevin Bechen with ITD’s Office of Highway Safety.
“Impaired driving is no accident – nor is it a victimless crime,” Bechen said. “Alcohol, drugs and driving just don’t mix.”
Last year, 66 people died across the state as a result of impaired driving crashes.
Besides the emotional toll inflicted on families and friends, impaired driving crashes statewide cost Idaho citizens more than $560 million. Costs passed on to taxpayers through increased insurance premiums and charges for medical care, lost productivity, legal fees, property damage, travel delays and emergency services.
“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? Designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.
- If you don’t know whether you are impaired, call a taxi, a sober friend or family member to get home safely.
- Promptly report drunk drivers seen on roadways to law enforcement.
- If you know someone who is about to drive impaired, take his or her keys and help make other arrangements.
- Wear your seat belt. It is your best and only defense against a drunk driver.
Questions? Visit us online at itd.idaho.gov, follow ITD on Twitter (@IdahoITD) or Facebook and check travel conditions at 511.idaho.gov or dial 5-1-1. Please slow down in highway construction zones and pay attention. Safety for drivers and workers is our highest priority.