As part of a nationwide that effort began Dec. 11, the Idaho Transportation Department has partnered with law enforcement officers across the state to keep impaired drivers off the roads this holiday season.

     “This is such a wonderful time of year and we want people to enjoy being with family and friends,” ITD Highway Safety Manager John Tomlinson said in a press release. “We also want them to be here tomorrow. That’s why we’re asking them to have a plan for a safe, sober ride home.”

     According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,511 people were killed in impaired driving crashes last year nationwide—one person every 50 minutes. In Idaho, 78 people were killed in impaired driving crashes last year, according to ITD.

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