December 18, 2023
Bonneville County Sheriff’s Deputies join Law Enforcement from across the state and the Idaho Office of Highway Safety in mobilizing to stop impaired driving. As holiday travel and celebrations are in full swing, our Deputies can’t emphasize enough to plan ahead and avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking or using illegal drugs. As the number of Idaho’s Fatal and Serious Injury Crashes have risen over the year, and more than one third typically involve the use of alcohol or drugs, it’s more important than ever to remind drivers to avoid that risk completely and plan for a safe ride home.
Too often our Deputies interact with drivers who thought they were under the legal limit before they got behind the wheel. When a person’s alcohol concentration is .10 or higher, the risk of being involved in a crash is six times higher. It’s a simple thing to work into your celebration planning a safe ride home and avoid that risk completely. Taxi’s and ride share apps are readily available in most areas and many businesses will help facilitate getting a ride to you.
During this mobilization extra Deputies will be on the roads looking for and responding to impaired driving reports. If you believe someone is impaired, report it immediately to your local Law Enforcement Dispatch so Law Enforcement can intervene before tragedy strikes. Be smart, plan ahead, and celebrate responsibly. For more information about safe driving visit www.shift-idaho.org