ITD encourages safe, sober travel during year-end festivities

Start the new year with a resolution to not drive impaired and to arrive home safely from parties and other holiday activities.  

ITD joins Idaho law enforcement agencies statewide to make Idaho’s highways safer by funding education campaigns and high-visibility impaired driving patrols through New Year's Day.

"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 1,456 crashes on Idaho highways and resulted in 66 fatalities.

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 doing so is 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 suspected drunk drivers should be reported promptly to law enforcement.

“If you are not sure whether you are impaired, don't take the risk – call a taxi or sober friend or family member to get you home safely,” he said.

Motorists are reminded to dial 5-1-1 or visit for the latest conditions on the state highway or interstate system.

Published 12-28-2012