ISP will be on lookout for impaired drivers this July 4th weekend
While Idahoans will celebrate their independence over the July 4th weekend, Idaho State Police troopers statewide will be targeting impaired drivers with high-visibility enforcement patrols to ensure everybody gets home safe. The enhanced patrols are possible through funding from the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of Highway Safety.
The mobilization began June 29 and lasts through July 7. The goal is to first remind the public that law enforcement has a zero tolerance for drunk driving and, if the message is not heeded, to make arrests.
During the campaign, troopers will be watching for impaired drivers and seat belt use.
"Avoid driving any vehicle when 'buzzed,' drunk, or under the influence of drugs," said Idaho State Police Lt. Robert Bausch. "Make this holiday memorable in a positive way, not by injuring or killing somebody else or yourself."
During the July 4 holiday weekend in 2013, there were 31 crashes in Idaho where alcohol was involved. Of these 31 crashes, 19 of them involved injuries and two people lost their lives.
The solution to stop these tragedies is simple:
- Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before drinking and give them your keys.
For all motorists on the roadways, "Your best defense against drunk drivers is to always buckle up and pay attention to your surroundings and other drivers," Bausch said.
ISP also reminds motorists of other driving safety tips during the busy holiday weekend:
- Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.