Statewide campaign catches more than impaired drivers


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho (KMVT-TV) - Ensuring safe travel on Idaho’s highways is a prime reason for high-visibility education and enforcement campaigns that target impaired driving, such as one planned statewide for March 10-18.
Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety works with partners statewide to eliminate deaths and injuries from traffic crashes that are a result of dangerous driving behaviors. This effort is part of the department’s commitment to achieve a goal of zero deaths on Idaho’s highways.
According to statistics gathered by ITD, 65 agencies statewide participated in the last round of holiday patrols that were funded through a federal grant administered by ITD.
That Christmas/New Year’s traffic safety effort identified more than just impaired drivers or those who were involved in dangerous driving behaviors or caught breaking traffic laws.
Law enforcement officers made 461 driving under the influence arrests across the state during the 15-day period (Dec. 17, 2011, to Jan. 1, 2012).
In addition to the DUI arrests, law enforcement officers apprehended 404 fugitives, made 326 felony arrests, recorded 276 drug arrests and recovered 19 stolen vehicles. A number of additional citations also were issued during the campaign: 746 seat belt citations; 34 child passenger safety citations; 555 suspended license citations; 1,903 uninsured motorist citations; 3,126 speeding citations; and 59 reckless driving citations.
“We encourage every driver to make smart choices when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle or riding a motorcycle,” said Kevin Bechen, with ITD. “ITD and its highway safety partners are committed to doing everything we can to help keep families safe and whole.”

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