Friday, December 16, 2011

Police: Drunk drivers beware

Law enforcement to be out in force for the holidays

Express Staff Writer

The Hailey Police Department and the Bellevue Marshal's Office are joining Idaho State Police in a statewide crackdown on drunk drivers during the holidays.

Funded by the Idaho Transportation Department, the DUI/Impaired Driving Mobilization program provides money to participating law enforcement agencies to put extra officers on the streets. The holiday season campaign will run from Dec. 17 through Jan. 3.

"The effort is part of Idaho's 'toward zero deaths' goal to someday have no traffic deaths on Idaho's roads," said Kevin Bechen, of ITD's Office of Highway Operations and Safety. "We want everyone to make it home safely after holiday celebrations."

According to an ISP press release, drunk drivers were responsible for 45.9 percent of all Idaho traffic fatalities in 2010. ISP attributed drunk driving to 96 deaths in the state that year.

"If your holiday celebrations involve alcohol, avoid driving any vehicle when buzzed or drunk," said ISP District 4 Patrol Commander Kevin Haight. "Not only do you risk injuring or killing yourself or someone else, but the financial costs of an arrest or crash are significant."

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