At least five fatalities and one rollover accident are suspected to be attributed to drunk drivers thus far in 2019, according to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.

     In response, the Sheriff’s Office has stated that it has begun a DUI enforcement program geared toward offering overtime to deputies who can pick up shifts anytime of the day on any day of the week to help in DUI enforcement. While the program has been done in years past, it is only available to the Sheriff’s Office when money is available in the budget for overtime.

     While there has been a significant increase in DUI arrests over the past three years, Sheriff Steve Harkins said it isn’t possible to distinguish whether the increase is due to a stronger patrol presence or to more people choosing to get behind the wheel intoxicated.

     For the full story, see the Friday edition of the Idaho Mountain Express.

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