Law enforcement patrols to target DUIs
ITD reminds drivers that law enforcement agencies throughout Idaho will participate in targeted patrols to arrest impaired drivers July 2-7.
About 32 state, county and local law enforcement agencies will participate in the Fourth of July holiday emphasis patrols that are funded through a federal grant administered by ITD.
"Water recreation and vehicle patrols will be intensified around popular boating destinations in addition to other locations throughout the state," said Kevin Bechen, with ITD's Office of Highway Operations and Safety. "Boating under the influence is just as illegal and dangerous as driving a motor vehicle under the influence."
Law enforcement officers also will watch for aggressive drivers.
"Aggressive driving is often associated with excessive alcohol use," Bechen said.
Driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher is illegal in Idaho - .02 for persons younger than 21. Driving skills start to deteriorate around .05 BAC.
Law enforcement officers will confiscate a driver's license on the spot when arresting someone for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUI). For a first offense, the license is lost for 90 days following failed evidentiary testing, or one year if the test is refused - in addition to other penalties that will be imposed for a DUI offense.
A few simple precautions before celebrating can prevent a drunk driving tragedy.
"Your best and only defense against drunk drivers is to always wear a seat belt," Bechen said.