Utah, Idaho, Nev. discuss 'borderless' DUI enforcement

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 1:53 PM

Alison Gene Smith

JACKPOT, Nev. --Law enforcement agencies from Idaho and its two neighbors to the south want drivers to know: they’re watching.

Thirteen agencies from Idaho, Nevada and Utah met at the Idaho/Utah border Thursday to discuss "borderless enforcement" of impaired drivers.

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been encouraging this concept," Lt. Kevin Haight with the Idaho State Police said.

"It doesn’t matter what town, city, state or county you’re driving in. These agencies are committed to putting for extra effort watching for and arresting impaired drivers."

While agencies will be using enhanced patrols all summer, the kickoff is this weekend, June 29-30, Haight said.

Haight said he wants people to be aware of the DUI blitz so people think twice before driving impaired.

"Our goal is to keep people from driving if they shouldn’t be," he said. "If getting the message out accomplishes that and we have fewer DUI arrests as a result, all the better."

Agencies aren’t anxious for more arrests, but rather, for fewer impaired people to get behind the wheel.

It isn’t unusual for law enforcement to see a spike in drunken driving during the summer.

"We also see a spike around holidays," he said.

Haight said he hoped the knowledge that law enforcement was out in force is a good reminder to people for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.

"Have a good time with your families, barbecues and parties but do it safely," he said.

Agencies regularly work with each other, but a team effort on this scale is rare, Haight said.

"This was a chance for agencies from three states that have common borders to say, ’Hey, we’re all in this together,’" Haight said.

The meeting was also a chance for agencies to share ideas and feel camaraderie, he said. The goal of all the agencies is to make Idaho’s roads safer.

"Drive sober, buckle up, drive the speed limit," he said.


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