Idaho State Police to be on the lookout for impaired drivers
The Idaho State Police, law enforcement agencies and the Idaho Transportation Department are mobilizing in an effort to stop impaired driving from Sunday, March 10th through Monday, the 8th. ISP and numerous local agencies in southeastern Idaho will be stepping up their patrol efforts, safety campaigns, and educational presentations to make highways safer for travel.
The effort is part of Idaho's Toward Zero Deaths' goal to someday have no traffic deaths on Idaho's roads.
During the campaign, officers will be watching for impaired drivers. They will also check for seat belt use.
In 2010, police said there were 10,726 DUI arrests in Idaho, and 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.
Police give this advise:
-- Whenever 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.
-- If you go to a bar, check with the workers. Many local bars have programs to give patrons a free ride home.
-- Promptly report suspected drunk drivers you see on roadways to law enforcement. To contact the Idaho State Police, call *477, or your local law enforcement agency.
-- If you know someone who is about to drive impaired, take his or her keys, and help make other transportation arrangements.
(photo: courtesy isp.idaho.gov)