ITD, ISP partner to stop impaired driving
Using federal grant funds, the Idaho Transportation Department is partnering with the Idaho State Police and local agencies to make state highways safer by funding education campaigns and high-visibility impaired driving enforcement patrols from March 10 through March 18.
"The effort is part of Idaho's Toward Zero Deaths' goal to someday have no traffic deaths on Idaho's roads. Traffic deaths are not just numbers. They are family members and friends lost," said Kevin Bechen, with ITD's Office of Highway Operations and Safety.
During the campaign, officers will be watching for impaired drivers. They also will check for seat belt use.
In 2010, there were 10,726 DUI arrests in Idaho and there were 96 fatalities resulting from impaired driving. In addition, there were 1,593 impaired driving crashes. 45.9% of all Idaho fatalities in 2010 were the result of impaired driving.