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Local Law Enforcement Cracks Down On Impaired Driving

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By Jarred Aslett

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) In 2012 54 people were killed from drunk driving in Idaho.

A number local law enforcement believes is too high.

Idaho State Police put out an extra police presence for the holiday to make sure people are being responsible.

“What were essentially trying to do is mitigate people from driving home impaired. So were trying to create a greater police presence tonight then what we typically do.” Said Trooper Jason Lalonde.

For Trooper Lalonde the night started out slow.

The first stop of the night was a driver failing to stay between the lines and not using a turn signal when merging.

The driver was on the tail end of a long trip, and the officer sent him on his way.

The rest of the evening was filled with more stops for traffic violations, but everyone Trooper Lalonde pulled over was sober and responsible.

“I would say if you've had any alcoholic beverages at all tonight call a cab or a sober friend who hasn't had anything. Don't risk it. Don't take the chance of getting stopped and going to jail, getting charged with DUI. It's not worth it. It's going to be a lot cheaper for you than having to go through the process and getting charged and convicted of a DUI.”

Other agencies did have some luck getting drunk drivers off the street, but my night ended with Trooper Lalonde getting a stranded vehicle off the highway.

All in an effort to help keep the community safe.

“We're going to keep doing what we do, were going to enforce traffic laws and take the necessary steps. If that means someone has to go to jail for DUI then were going to take them to jail for DUI. It's all about keeping the community safe because impaired driving kills people.”

Nine DUI’S were issued throughout the Magic Valley last night between the Idaho State Police, the Twin Falls Police Department and the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s office.


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