Boise, Dec. 13, 2012 - Officers from across Southwest Idaho gathered today at the Idaho P.O.S.T. Academy to sharpen their impaired driving detection skills and reinforce the message that impaired driving is illegal because it's dangerous regardless of where you are.
Increased Enforcement: December 17th - January 2nd. The training comes as Idaho police agenices prepare for stepped up enforcement over the holidays. A grant from the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of Highway Safety will pay for officer overtime for local agencies, including Boise Police, allowing for the extra DUI patrols.
Borderless Enforcement: "One Team, Borderless Enforcement - Working together to save lives" is an effort by the Idaho Office of Highway Safety to deter drunk and impaired drivers. Boise Police are an enthusiastic participate in the program that raises awareness of the dangers of impaired driving through education and advance warning of increased enforcement throughout Idaho.
"Impaired driving doesn’t always mean drunk driving, the use of illegal substances in impaired driving arrests are a public safety concern as well. Today, officers discussed tactics and practiced the skills necessary to locate, arrest and prosecute impaired drivers. This is part of the effort to take dangerous drivers off the roadways and create a safer community for all of us." said Traffic Officer Kyle Wills with the Boise Police Department.
Increased Training: Officers met this morning to learn about advancements in the detection of all types of impaired driving, including alcohol and drug induced impairment, in preparation for the increased enforcement. Today's training included officers from Boise, Nampa, Meridian, Garden City, Emmett, Cascade and Parma Police Departments, Adams, Valley, Canyon and Ada County Sheriff's Departments and the Idaho State Police. The agencies are all part of the Idaho Transportation Department's Region 3.
DUI Prevention: The key is to PLAN AHEAD.
• PLAN not drink and drive before you start drinking. Alcohol impairs a person’s judgement. You can’t count on making the right decision after you’ve consumed alcohol!
• Designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.
• Plan to call a Taxi or sober friend or family member to get you home safely. Some taxi services may offer free or discounted rides to party goers during the holiday season.
• Offer non-alcoholic beverages when entertaining.
• Promptly report drunk drivers to 9-1-1.
• Wear your safety belt or, on a motorcycle, wear a helmet and protective gear. These are the best defenses against an impaired driver.
• Friends don't let friends drive drunk or impaired. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their car keys and make other safe travel arrangements to get them home, or offer a spare bedroom or sofa to "sleep it off".
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/
The following photographs were taken immediately after today's DUI training as officer's met with local media to help increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and the cooperative efforts of local agencies to enforce DUI laws.