Starting this weekend, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department is conducting an impaired driving emphasis focusing on alcohol and drug impaired drivers. From August 27 to September 7, Kootenai County Deputies will conduct emphasis patrols at various locations around the County.
In 2006, there were 110 impaired driving fatalities in the State of Idaho. Over 41% of all Idaho fatalities were the result of an impaired driving crash and 69% of those killed were not restrained. In 2007 there were 197 fatality accidents and in 2008 there were approximately 175 fatality accidents in the State of Idaho. Last year, more than 41 percent of Idaho's 96 highway fatalities were the result of an impaired driving crash.