LEWISTON – As we hit the road this weekend to celebrate Independence Day, Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office is joining law enforcement agencies across Idaho to keep roads free from impaired driving.
Beginning Friday through July 9th, deputies will dedicate patrols to look for drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol. This is part of a statewide effort involving officers from more than 50 law enforcement agencies. The primary goal of the law enforcement presence will be to prevent the tragedies previously seen around the 4th of July holiday.
According to data from the Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety, nearly 40 percent of all fatal crashes in Idaho involve some sort of driver impairment. Between 2017 and 2021, 453 people were killed in impaired driving crashes in Idaho. While additional deputies will be on the lookout for impaired drivers, we can all do our part to keep Idaho’s roads safe.