Stepped up law enforcement patrols appear to have helped keep motorists safer during the July 4 holiday.
“No impaired driving fatalities were reported on Idaho highways July 3-5,” said Kevin Bechen with ITD’s Office of Highway Operations and Safety. The state had five impaired driving fatalities occur over the holiday from 2004-06.
Statewide, 34 agencies participated in the overtime enforcement effort funded through a federal grant administered by ITD. The money helped pay for overtime law enforcement patrols targeting impaired drivers.
Participating officers stopped nearly 1,600 vehicles over the mid-summer holiday period and made 51 DUI arrests. In addition, they apprehended 10 fugitives, recovered two stolen vehicles and made five felony and 18 drug arrests.
A number of citations also were issued:
75 safety belt citations