Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 15, 2013

Plan ahead to play it safe on St. Patrick's Day!

  Boise, March 15th, 2013 - 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 on Sunday while keeping themselves and their loved ones safe! Officers urge those who may be impaired to use a cab or a designated driver.

  This effort is part of a statewide Law Enforcement push to educate citizens and make DUI arrests. Boise Police will have at least four extra DUI STEP team members working this weekend to help combat impaired driving in our community.

REMEMBER - BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING.

Impaired driving has dire consequences. 

• The tragedies and costs from drunk driving are not limited to death, disfigurement, disability or injury. They also can lead to the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest, which can be very significant.

• People that break the law often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines, court costs, increased insurance rates, car towing, repairs, lost time at work, etc.

for more on DUI penalties, log onto: 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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