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11/26/2013

Contact:
Steve Grant
Public Information Specialist
(208) 334-8874

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ITD reminds Thanksgiving travelers to be safe and not drive impaired

BOISE – Celebrating too much this Thanksgiving may lead to unsafe choices, so the Idaho Transportation Department reminds everyone to make a safe choice and not drive impaired.

The transportation department is partnering with Idaho law enforcement agencies to make the state’s highways safer with education campaigns and high-visibility impaired driving enforcement patrols through Nov. 29.

"ITD's goal is not one death, because every life counts," said Kevin Bechen, with ITD. "We're committed to doing everything we can to help keep families safe and whole."

Last year, impaired driving contributed to 1,454 crashes on Idaho's highways and caused 73 fatalities statewide.

Bechen advises everyone to wear a seat belt when in a motor vehicle or use a helmet and protective gear when on a motorcycle because it’s the best defense against an impaired driver.

He encourages partygoers to have a plan before festivities begin like designating a sober driver or pre-arranging a safe ride home.

“If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take his or her keys and help make other safe travel arrangements,” he said, adding that drunk drivers should be reported promptly to law enforcement.

Questions? Visit us online at itd.idaho.gov, follow ITD on Twitter (@IdahoITD) or Facebook and check travel conditions at 511.idaho.gov or dial 5-1-1. Please slow down in highway construction zones and pay attention. Safety for drivers and workers is our highest priority.

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