56 Idaho drivers charged with DUI over 4th of July holiday

Posted at 2:14 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 16:14:14-04

Between July 1 and 7, Idaho State Police (ISP) charged 56 drivers with violations related to impaired driving. This comes after ISP teamed up with law enforcement agencies across the state for extra patrols looking for impaired drivers.

"We can't tell how many crashes, injuries, or even deaths impaired drivers might cause, but we do know getting those who choose to drive impaired off the roads will keep more people safe," said Lt. Matt Smith of ISP's District 3 in Southwest Idaho.

The 4th of July happens during the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. At least three of the impaired driving charges were the result of crashes ISP responded to.

"As Troopers, we're called to respond to the crashes caused by unsafe driving behavior. We see the tragic results. So Troopers feel strongly about being proactive and urging people not to drive impaired and not to let their friends or family drive impaired. Keeping families whole and safe depends on it." Said Lt. Smith.

ISP Troopers were called to five fatal crashes between July 1 and July 7. Those crashes remain under investigation.

Idaho State Police are on the roadways each and every day watching for impaired driving and working to keep Idaho's roadways safe. The impaired driving emphasis patrols over the busy holiday weekend were in partnership with the ITD Office of Highway Safety.

If you think you see an impaired driver, call *ISP (477) to report it to the state police.