Idaho holds first "No Refusal Weekend"


COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -In an effort to curb impaired driving, Idaho State Police is holding its first ever statewide "No Refusal Weekend" during the Labor Day Weekend.

This weekend, if drivers are suspected of driving under the influence and refuse requests for a breath sample, prosecutors and judges will be standing by to issue warrants for a blood draw.

Along with the end of the "100 Deadliest Days of Summer", which runs through Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, law enforcement has had their eyes on the behavior of drivers. Between Memorial Day Weekend and Wednesday, August 29, there has been 93 deaths on Idaho roadways.

ISP says their primary goal is to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the holiday weekend through education and strict enforcement.

"Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior," said Colonel Kedrick Wills, Idaho State Police director.  "It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the party and every time we make that decision, we're saving lives.  That's why, during the Labor Day holiday, we will make zero exceptions for drunk driving.  There are just no excuses," he said. 

The Idaho Department of Transportation's Office of Highway Safety is coordinating efforts by providing overtime pay for officers who can participate.

The Office of Highway Safety and Law Enforcement agencies across the state will be using Facebook and Twitter to keep people up to date on current DUI arrests in all areas of Idaho during the weekend.

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