Labor Day impaired driver emphasis starts today!

Labor Day impaired driver emphasis starts today!

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, along with other area agencies, want you to know they have extra units on the road– right now– to fight drivers who are drunk or high.

This year, law enforcement officers across Idaho are partnering with the Office of Highway Safety to remind drivers if they choose to drink, to not get behind the wheel. Beginning on August 16th through September 3rd the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting additional emphasis patrols.

Every year more than 75 people in Idaho are killed due to impaired driving and another 1,000 people are injured. “Our goal with these emphasis patrols is to keep families whole and our communities safe,” Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said. “We’re grateful that our law enforcement partners have stepped up to help make that happen. We’re asking everyone else to help that effort by making the decision to not drive drunk or impaired by drugs.”

Being responsible is easy–if you have been drinking or have taken mind-altering drugs, do not drive. Your life, and the lives of others are at risk if you do not have a responsible plan to get home safely from your Labor Day party. Here are a few tips to help you have a safe and fun night of celebration.

1. Before drinking, choose a non-drinking friend as a designated driver.
2. Use NHTSA’s SafeRide app to call a taxi or a friend. The app is available on Google Play for Android devices and Apple devices on the iTunes store.
3. If you are hosting the party, make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
4. If you see a drunk driver on the road, call law enforcement immediately.
5. Always wear your seat belt. It’s the best defense against drunk drivers.