Police watching for impaired drivers
The Kuna City Police are participating this year in an Idaho Department of Transportation DUI program aimed at keeping drunk or otherwise impaired drivers off the road during the holidays.
Paid for by federal grant funds funneled through the ITD Office of Highway Safety, cover overtime pay for law enforcement officers, the initiative began Dec.17 and runs through Jan. 2.
While all law enforcement throughout the state will be enforcing drunk-driving laws, many agencies, including state police, sheriffs and local police will be participating in the overtime patrols, which put extra officers on the road to specifically focus on finding and stopping impaired drivers.
“We hope to keep the roads as safe as possible this holiday season,” said Ada County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Andrea Dearden. “Use a designated driver or call for a safe ride home – don’t drink and drive.”
Violators can face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates and many unanticipated expenses like attorney’s fees, fines and court costs, towing and repairs, and lost time at work.
“That’s if you are lucky,” said Kevin Bechen, ITD. “Last year, 66 people died in impaired-driving crashes on Idaho’s highways.”