Captain Lonnie Richardson
Region Two Commander
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Make good driving choices, don�t drink and drive
In 2009, there were 12,327 DUI arrests in Idaho and 29% of all Idaho fatalities were the result of an impaired driving crash.
The Idaho State Police in Region Two will be conducting high-visibility impaired driving enforcement patrols from March 11- March 21.
The effort is part of Idaho's Toward Zero Deaths' goal to someday have no traffic deaths on Idaho's roads. Traffic deaths are not just numbers. They are family members and friends lost. The Idaho State Police wants everyone to make it home safely from a night out with friends or family. Troopers will be watching for impaired drivers as well as checking for seat belt use.
If your night out involves alcohol, avoid driving any vehicle and use a designated driver. Driving impaired is not worth the risk. Not only do you risk injuring or killing yourself or someone else, but the financial costs of an arrest or crash are significant. A few simple precautions before can prevent a drunk-driving tragedy; make the decision before consuming alcohol how you will get home safely, if you're impaired, call a taxi, a sober friend or family member to get you home safely. If you know someone who is about to drive impaired, take his or her keys and help make other transportation arrangements. Be alert to other drivers� actions and drive defensively. Remember to always wear your seatbelt. Promptly report drunk drivers you see on roadways to law enforcement. To contact the Idaho State Police; call *ISP.