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Police agencies team up for impaired driving crackdown

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Posted at 11:11 AM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 14:52:22-04

Several Treasure Valley area law enforcement agencies participated in an impaired driving emphasis task force over the recent Memorial Day Weekend. 

“The focus of the emphasis was to stop impaired driving, one of the most deadly and preventable causes of crashes. In addition to impaired driving, regional law enforcement issued several citations for various hazardous moving violations,” said Idaho State Police spokesman Tim Marsano.

Officers from the Idaho State Police, the Meridian Police Department, the Boise Police Department, the Caldwell Police Department, and the Nampa Police Department all teamed up last weekend for the campaign.

According to Marsano, in a 24-hour period, the task force made 112 contacts with drivers in the Ada and Canyon County areas.

Arrests were made or citations were issued for misdemeanor DUI (4); excessive DUI (2); felony DUI (1); misdemeanor possession of controlled substances (1); felony possession of controlled substances (1); possession of drug paraphernalia (4); felony possession of a stolen vehicle (1) (which included the vehicle recovery); resisting and obstructing law enforcement officers (1); providing false information to law enforcement officers (1); littering (1); inattentive driving (1); driving without privileges (6); failure to purchase a driver's license (1); and failure to wear a seat belt (4).

The Idaho Department of Transportation's Office of Highway Safety is providing grant funds allowing for the law enforcement agencies to pay for extra patrols dedicated to traffic law enforcement.