Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, December 28, 2012

Need a New Year's resolution you can start today?

Resolve to stay sober behind the wheel this season!

   Boise Police want to thank the citizens who have chosen to do the right thing when it comes to the responsible use of alcohol. Invite everyone you know to join in a New Year's resolution to stay sober behind the wheel! With this weekend kicking off the New Year's holiday Monday night, officers hope motorists continue to drive responsibly. The latest crime statistics for Boise City appear to show a drop in DUI related arrests over the same time period last year.

  In 2011 Boise Police arrested 1319 people on DUI charges. As of Friday December 28th at 10:00 a.m. Boise Police have arrested 1116 people for DUI this year. With the weekend ahead of us, officers are hopeful that citizens will continue to think twice about driving under the influence and find alternative ways to keep all of us safe on the road.

   This weekend officers will be watching for DUI drivers on Boise City Streets. In addition, Monday night (New Year's Eve) Boise Police will have two extra DUI teams, on top of the regular scheduled units, dedicated to hunting for impaired drivers. There will also be additional officers in the region looking for DUI Drivers as part of a grant from the Office of Highway Safety.

This weekend, and Monday night Boise Police recommend you:

  • Be responsible and don't risk it,you will be caught.
  • If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before going out.
  • Take the bus, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is held.
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement, call 911.
  • Always buckle up its your best defense against an impaired driver
  • Consider serving non-alcohol refreshments at your holiday gathering

About Drunk Driving:

In Idaho, a blood alcohol content of .08 or above is considered impaired, and legally drunk.   According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, all 50 states have now passed .08 BAC laws for impaired driving.   An NHTSA study shows nearly 97% of Americans view drinking and driving by others as a threat to their families and themselves. The study found Americans rank drunk driving ahead of healthcare, poverty, the environment and gun control as an important social issue. The majority of Americans support increased enforcement efforts, according to the NHTSA.

National statistics show 40% of those killed in auto accident are involved in alcohol related crashes.

Learn more about impaired driving;

Boise Police Night STEP DUI enforcement team /home/specialty-units/dui-night-step-team/

Boise Police Downtown Bar teams /home/specialty-units/bar-team/