Friday, November 19, 2010


Idaho State Police
1540 Foote Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Thanksgiving weekend is just around the corner and the Idaho State Police wants to remind motorists to stay safe during their travels. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is considered the busiest travel day of the year when many motorists take to the roads. Local law enforcement agencies including ISP have partnered with the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of Highway Safety for the upcoming Impaired Mobilization Patrol. During these patrols, officers will have zero tolerance for alcohol violations. Many officers will be outfitted with portable breathalyzers and extra patrol personnel will be out keeping the roadways safe.

ISP reminds motorists to observe the Move Over Law, which requires motorists to slow down and move over if possible when approaching a stationary Authorized Emergency Vehicle displaying flashing lights. Every year there are a number of police officers that are killed nationwide while parked on the side of the road during the course of their duties. The Move Over Law helps protect the law enforcement officers and emergency service personnel who risk their lives protecting the public.

According to ITD, Eastern Idaho has the lowest rate of seatbelt usage and during these patrols, officers will have zero tolerance for non-seatbelt usage including passengers. The Impaired Mobilization Patrols, Move Over Law, and promoting seatbelt usage are all part of Idaho's "Toward Zero Deaths - Every Life Counts" campaign.

For on-camera interviews with ISP or a ride-along, contact:

Lt. Chris Weadick OR Lt. Ismael Gonzales
Idaho State Police Idaho State Police
Idaho Falls Pocatello
208-525-7377 208-236-6466