Boise Police are taking part in a statewide effort to keep Idaho roadways safe this Independence Day holiday. Thanks to a grant from the Idaho Department of Transportation's Office of Highway Safety, Boise Police will have extra officers on patrol looking specifically for those driving impaired.
The extra DUI patrols begin today, Sat., June 29th and will run through Friday, July 12th.
"July 4th celebrates our freedoms. We should all be free to drive our families down the highway without fear of being hit by an impaired driver," said Sgt. David Hunsaker of the Boise Police Night STEP Unit, the team of officers specially trained to identify, arrest and assist in prosecution of impaired drivers.
Boise Police urge citizens to celebrate safely and use the reminders listed below courtesy of ITD.
The following was released earlier this week by the Idaho Department of Transportation's Office of Highway Safety:
Make the right choice to not drink and drive this Independence Day holiday
BOISE - Fourth of July holiday celebrations mean barbecues, camping, boating and maybe some alcohol, so the Idaho Transportation Department reminds motorists to make the right choice and don’t drink and drive.
“If your Independence Day celebration involves alcohol, avoid driving any vehicle when ‘buzzed’ or drunk,” said Kevin Bechen with ITD’s Office of Highway Safety. “It’s not worth the risk.”
“Not only do you risk injuring or killing yourself or someone else, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving are significant,” Bechen explained.
A few simple precautions before celebrating can prevent a drunk-driving tragedy.
- If you plan on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
- If you’re impaired, call a taxi, a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
- Use available Sober Rides programs.
- Promptly report drunk drivers you see on roadways to law enforcement. To contact the Idaho State Police, call *ISP.
- If you know that someone is about to drive impaired, take his or her keys and help make other transportation arrangements.
“Your best and only defense against drunk drivers is to always wear a seat belt if in a car or a helmet if on a motorcycle,” Bechen said.
ITD's Office of Highway Safety works to reduce deaths and injuries from traffic crashes associated with dangerous driving behaviors. This effort is part of ITD's commitment to achieve a goal of zero deaths on Idaho's highways.