Driving Under the Influence

Stats About Drunk Driving

An NHTSA study shows nearly 97% of Americans view drinking and driving by others as a threat to their families and themselves. The study found Americans rank drunk driving ahead of healthcare, poverty, the environment and gun control as an important social issue. The majority of Americans support increased enforcement efforts, according to the NHTSA. National statistics show 40% of those killed in auto accident are involved in alcohol related crashes.

Jerome Police Department Efforts

Public safety is a top priority of the Jerome Police Department and reducing drunk driving is a major component of ensuring a safe community. Impaired driving continues to be one of the deadliest crimes in America. The Jerome Police Department aggressively enforces the state's 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) law.

In Idaho, a blood alcohol content of .08 or above is considered impaired, and legally drunk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, all 50 states have now passed .08 BAC laws for impaired driving.

Using Additional Police Resources

The use of grant-funded overtime programs enables the Jerome Police Department to significantly increase the number of officers on patrol throughout the city and to deploy them at times and locations in which a high incidence of DUI related traffic accidents and arrests have occurred. The additional resources have enabled the Jerome Police Department to reduce the number of DUI related traffic accidents citywide.

The Jerome Police Department has a zero tolerance concerning impaired drivers. Remember to plan for a designated driver, plan to take a taxi, or plan to spend the night. Because drivers who break Idaho’s DUI laws will go to jail! If you’re Over The Limit–you’re Under Arrest.