The Idaho State police members and the Western States Traffic Safety coalition (WSTSC) came together in a joint DUI education effort to urge people to drive safely, buckle up and stay sober on New Year’s Eve while driving. DUI-related cases usually go up during New Year’s Eve. This was done to make New Year’s Eve safe for all people on the road.
Their statement read, “The safety of people on our roadways is a priority, and this is a unified message from our partner agencies border to border – Slow down! Drive sober and pay attention. We appreciate our partner agencies who work together to keep dangerous drivers off our roads. Coming together across state borders strengthens the message that DUI-related fatalities and injuries are preventable and impaired driving is not acceptable.”
The Western States Traffic Safety coalition (WSTSC) is a collective initiative from various police departments around the country and includes:
- Arizona Department of Public Safety
- California Highway Patrol
- Colorado State Patrol
- Idaho State Police
- Montana Highway Patrol
- Nevada Highway Patrol
- North Dakota Highway Patrol
- Oregon State Police
- South Dakota Highway Patrol
- Utah Highway Patrol
- Washington State Patrol
- Wyoming Highway Patrol
This was the WSTSC’s third joint initiative that emphasized impaired driving over New Year’s eve. According to the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety, this DUI education effort has become important to make roads safe for all, especially when the DUI cases in Idaho are at 15 years high.
According to ISP, 1453 drivers were located and charged with impaired driving-related criminal offenses in Idaho between Jan 1, 2021, and Dec 15, 2021. This year, until Jan 3, 2022, ISP arrested 53 people driving under the influence.
The funding for DUI patrolling is granted by the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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