Local Law Enforcement Cracking Down On Drunk Drivers
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The national highway transportation safety administration is cracking down on drunk driving with local law enforcement nationwide.
Thinking about getting behind the wheel after a few drinks?
Think again, beginning Friday 10,000 police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country begin their annual anti-drunk driving campaign.
"This campaign is 'Drive Sober, Be Pulled Over' and we are going to enforce that to the best of our abilities" said Sgt. Keith Thompson, Idaho State Police.
"The special type of patrols ISP and other local jurisdiction take care of is federally funded and I.T.D. actually uses that funding to provide it to the different organizations throughout the state” said Nathan Jerke, Public Information Officer Idaho Transportation Department.
ISP reports more DUI's in the summer months and around the holidays.
"A DUI I know it's going to be about a $500 bond just for the first time DUI, you're going to lose your license for probably about 6 months at least” said Sgt. Keith Thompson, Idaho State Police.
A significant increase of DUI’s with drug involvement has been seen across Southern Idaho.
"People have to realize if on their prescriptions if it says don't operate vehicles when taking this, they need to make sure they aren't operating vehicle” said Sgt. Keith Thompson, Idaho State Police.
The nationwide crackdown comes as startling new statistics are released.
"70% of deaths in drunk driving crashes in 2010 involved drivers with a blood alcohol level that was nearly twice the .08 legal limit” said David Strickland, Administrator NHTSA.
"When you start drinking your judgment is gone, your reaction time slows down and the point being you can kill a family that is out there a man that is out there, no one wants to do that” said Sgt. Keith Thompson, Idaho State Police.
Over the next few weeks, the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled over campaign takes aim at drivers under the influence. Hoping to get them off the road for good.
According to the national highway traffic safety administration, nearly 11,000 people die on the road every year due to drunken drivers.