Monday, December 20, 2021

Update: ISP Troopers in the Treasure Valley arrest 20 for DUI over the weekend

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District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 846-7550

For Immediate Release: 12/20/2021 4:30 p.m.

Please direct questions to the ISP Public Affairs Office

Update: ISP Troopers in the Treasure Valley arrest 20 for DUI over the weekend

Troopers with the Idaho State Police arrested 20 drivers for DUI in Ada and Canyon over the weekend. In all, 30 DUI arrests were made between Friday night and early Sunday morning by a multi-agency DUI emphasis patrol. It's the first weekend of a two-week effort to increase DUI patrols and decrease the number of DUI drivers and crashes.

"We're working with the community to emphasize safe, sober driving, but for those who make the choice to get behind the wheel after drinking, enforcement including arrest is what these extra patrols are for," said Trooper Jeffrey Baxter of the Idaho State Police District 3 DUI Team. "Highway fatalities have increased in Idaho this year and we know a good percentage of crashes are related to impaired driving. That's what we work to prevent."

In addition to the 30 DUI arrests Friday night into Sunday morning in Ada and Canyon Counties, the multi-agency DUI emphasis patrols also resulted in:

- 1 eluding police charge
- 1 felony drug charge
- 11 misdemeanor drug charges
- 2 warrant arrests
- 8 speeding citations
- 8 DL violations
- 1 Reckless driving arrest

"The most important number is the one we'll never know, the number of people not injured in a DUI crash," said Trooper Baxter. "But we know more families are whole today because of the education and enforcement surrounding these patrols."

Increased DUI patrols are in effect statewide and will continue through New Year's weekend. For more, go to:

Funding for extra DUI patrols is provided by a grant from the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thank you to these agencies for supporting ISP efforts to keep Idaho roadways safe.

*The attached photo was taken following the multi-agency DUI emphasis patrol briefing Friday night, Dec. 17, 2021, at the ISP District 3 office and includes volunteers from Mother's Against Drunk Driving. Troopers appreciate the support from MADD in efforts to protect Idaho families from the dangers of impaired driving.