Friday, June 29, 2012



Please direct questions to Sgt. Chris Elverud 208-521-4668

ITD, ISP partner to stop impaired driving

June 29th, 2012 - July 13th, 2012

Idaho State Police and many local agencies throughout Idaho will be aggressively patrolling for impaired driver's using funding provided by Federal grants awarded to the Idaho Transportation Department, Office of Highway Safety. These impaired driving shifts are used to make state highways safer. ISP and ITD use this funding for educational campaigns and high-visibility impaired driving enforcement patrols. The current impaired driving campaign will be conducted from June 29, 2012, through July 13, 2012 in an effort to combat drunk and/or drugged driving.

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.

Avoid driving any vehicle when 'buzzed' or drunk. Avoid driving under the influence of any drugs or other intoxicating substances, it's not worth the risk, the risk of embarrassment, going to jail, the financial costs, possibility of losing your job, family strains, losing your driver's license, and the worst consequences of all; hurting or killing yourself or another person(s).

In 2010, there were 10,726 DUI arrests in Idaho and there were 96 fatalities resulting from impaired driving. In addition, there were 1,593 impaired driving crashes. 45.9% of all Idaho fatalities in 2010 were the result of impaired driving!

-Whenever you plan on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.

-If you're impaired, call a taxi, a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

-Promptly report drunk drivers you see on roadways to law enforcement. To contact the Idaho State Police, call *ISP (*477) or 208-525-7277.

-If you know someone who is about to drive impaired, take his or her keys and help make other transportation arrangements.

-The Impaired Driver is the "Grim Reaper"!