Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cracking down on drunk drivers

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Idaho State Police
Regional Communication Center - North
615 W Wilbur Ave
Suite A
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83815
(208) 209-8620 FAX: (208) 209-8619


Captain Lonnie Richardson
Region Two Commander-Lewiston


Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers

Ensuring safe travel on Idaho highways is a prime reason for high visibility and enforcement campaigns that target impaired driving, such as one planned by the Idaho State Police, June 30 - July 11, which includes the Fourth of July holiday.

July 4th celebrations often include cook-outs, picnics, boating, time spent with family and friends and, of course, fireworks. But it is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year when it comes to alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities. Statistics gathered from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the past 25 years show that, on average, nearly half of all deadly traffic crashes over each year's July 4th holiday involved some level of alcohol.

"Alcohol impairs many of the skills that safe driving requires. So we will be showing zero tolerance, and anyone caught driving with a BAC of .08 or higher will be arrested," said Captain Richardson. It's simply not worth the risk to you, your family or to the innocent victims who are hurt or killed each year by drunk drivers.

Have fun, celebrate, but don't turn the celebration into tragedy by driving drunk. Drink responsibly and remember friends don't let friends drive drunk.