1540 FOOTE DRIVE
IDAHO FALLS IDAHO 83402
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Idaho State Police reminds motorists to make this holiday season safer for everyone by choosing to not drive while impaired. Last year, 96 people died in impaired-driving crashes on Idaho's highways.
"Local law enforcement agencies have a zero tolerance for impaired drivers, and we will all be out in force this New Years Eve," said Lt. Chris Weadick with ISP. "We want people to celebrate the New Year, and if you have had too much to drink, please use a sober driver or call a taxi," said Weadick.
Violators can face jail time, the loss of their driver's license, higher insurance rates and many unanticipated expenses like attorney's fees, fines and court costs, towing and repairs, and lost time at work.
Lt. Weadick offered tips to make the holiday party season safer.
The Idaho State Police joins other law enforcement agencies to provide these tips to help make holiday party season safer:
* Make plans to not drink and drive before you start drinking. Alcohol impairs a person's judgment. You can't count on making the right decision after you've started drinking!
* Whenever you plan on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before you leave and give that person your keys.
* If you are impaired, call a taxi or sober friend or family member to get you home safely. Some taxi services may offer free or discounted rides to party goers during the holiday season.
* When entertaining, offer non-alcoholic beverages.
* Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by calling 9-1-1 or *ISP
* Wear your safety belt while in your car and ensure your passengers are buckled up too.
* If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take his or her keys and help make other safe travel arrangements.
* Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and dial 5-1-1 or visit 511.idaho.gov for the latest conditions on the state highway or interstate system.
For on-camera or phone interviews about ISP's New Year's efforts, contact Lt. Chris Weadick at 525-7377.