Officers with the Idaho Falls Police Department are partnering with the Idaho Transportation Department and other law enforcement agencies for the Labor Day Holiday Impaired Driving Mobilization.
From August 24 to September 5, law enforcement will be conducting educational campaigns and high-visibility patrols statewide looking for drunk drivers.
Last year, impaired driving played a part in over 1,400 crashes and nearly 100 fatalities on Idaho highways statewide. This year, IFPD received $2,500 in funding from ITD’s Office of Highway Safety to pay for additional enforcement during this campaign.
For a few tips on how to stay safe this holiday weekend see the list from ITD and IFPD below:
If you plan on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before leaving and give that person your keys.
Call a taxi, sober friend or family member to get you home safely if you’re impaired.
Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement.
Wear your seatbelt while in your car or use a helmet and protective gear when on a motorcycle. These are defenses against an impaired driver.
If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take his or her keys and help make other safe travel arrangements.