December 15, 2020 (Moscow, Idaho) — The holidays are here and while celebrations may look different this year, keeping our community safe remains a top priority. That is why law enforcement agencies are working together to keep impaired drivers off Idaho roads.
The Moscow Police Department (MPD) is partnering with the ITD Office of Highway Safety (OHS) to increase impaired-driving enforcement and education from Dec. 11 to Jan. 3. The statewide campaign is part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. Officers will be working overtime to contact and remove impaired drivers from the roadways this holiday season.
In 2019 there were 238 impaired driving crashes resulting in serious injuries and fatalities, an increase of 27% from 2018. The consequences of one single DUI conviction for a first-time offender in Idaho can include costly fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, and license suspension.
Here is what you can do to to help keep Moscow safe this holiday season:
• Plan your safe ride home before you leave
• If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel
• If you drink, do not drive. Call a taxi, a ride-share service, or a sober friend
• Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against impaired drivers
If you see an impaired driver on the road, call *477(*ISP) or call 911. Your actions could help save someone’s life.
Funding for extra traffic patrols is provided by a grant from OHS through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Story Contact: Eric Warner, Moscow Police Officer
Phone: 208-883-7054 ext 2253