The Idaho Falls Police Department is teaming up with the Idaho Transportation Department to participate in the Highway Safety Campaign “Driving while impaired puts everyone on the roads at risk, so if you choose to drink, don’t drive.”
As St. Patrick’s Day gets closer police officers are making an extra effort to keep impaired drivers off the roads.
The state-wide campaign is going on right now. It started on March 10th and will go through March 18th.
“During that period of time, if people choose to drink and drive you know, they just need to know that we have extra officers out there looking just for them, and their goal is to put them in jail” said Sargent David Frei.
While St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t attract the number of drinkers New Year’s Eve does, officers believe there is more of a likelihood of impaired drivers as opposed to other weekends.
“Impaired driving just increases the chances of fatalities or injury accidents. You know anybody who’s been a part of any of those kinds of things; know what a life changing event it can be” continued Frei.
The Idaho Falls Police Department is asking the public to be careful. If you plan on drinking don’t plan on driving and if you happen to see an impaired driver; report them to the police.
Driving drunk is a misdemeanor and patrons can face jail time, a large fine as well as suspension of your driver’s license.
This is a state-wide campaign so whether you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day here in east Idaho or go somewhere else in the state, law enforcement will be out in more numbers than usual.