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Of holiday traffic, extra enforcement, and drunk driver passed out with head on blaring horn…

At 4:30 this morning, Boise Police were called to a scene where a driver had passed out at the wheel of a running car, his head on the horn and the horn blaring non-stop; citizens called the cops. The suspect, Levi R. Curtis, 33, “appeared to be very intoxicated,” police said. With prior DUI convictions, he was charged with felony DUI. And that was the second one of the night.

Two and a half hours earlier, police had stopped a moped rider after several illegal lane changes; that suspect, Anton D. Moore, 35, also “appeared to be very intoxicated” and registered a .17 blood-alcohol level. He, too, had prior DUI convictions and was charged with felony DUI.

As the holiday weekend kicks off, more than 70 law enforcement agencies around the state have additional officers on the road patrolling, as part of a statewide mobilization from May 20 to June 2 funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The mobilization, which funds additional overtime hours for traffic patrol officers, is aimed at seatbelt enforcement, but in Idaho, with no primary seatbelt law, officers have to pull drivers over for another offense in order to issue seatbelt tickets. “Basically they’re going to be out doing traffic enforcement,” said Steve Grant, Idaho Transportation Department spokesman.

Meanwhile, the AAA is projecting that more than 164,000 Idahoans – 10.3 percent of the population – will be out on the roads over the holiday weekend, driving to their holiday destinations. Be careful out there…

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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