Idaho State Police keep roads safe on 4th of July holiday

LEWISTON, ID - July 4th is the deadliest day on the roadways for all Americans, according to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Reporter Sophia Miraglio buckles up as law enforcement cracks down on unsafe drivers.

Independence Day is no time to forget about your freedom...the freedom behind the wheel to drive safe, buckle up and say no to drinking and driving.

"One of our goals is towards zero deaths and so we're focusing on drivers that are impaired, aggressive drivers, drivers and passengers that are not wearing seat belts," said Idaho State Police Sergeant Rich Adamson.

However if you don't exercise that freedom in the right way, law enforcement has no problem taking it away.

"Use the tube attach it to the instrument and have them blow into it, so that we will have an instant reading of the blood alcohol concentration," said Adamson.

Drunk drivers cause a higher percentage of road deaths on the 4th of July than any other day.

"Every driver that we suspect to be impaired whether it alcohol or drugs they go to jail and we get them off the road immediately," said Adamson.

Adamson said he knows what dangers lie ahead for reckless drivers, and said he's seen it all to often.

"When we asses the scene were gonna check the injured, and then we go into the investigation," said Adamson.

But the worst part of it all is notifying the next of kin.

"It is one of the more unpleasant parts of the job,and we just try to give the best assistance we can," said Adamson.

Sergeant Adamson said the best thing to do is always have a safe and defensive driver at the wheel.

"A designated driver is truly a designated driver, which means that they have nothing to drink and have no other substances in their system," said Adamson.

If you suspect someone to be driving under the influence, you're encouraged to call 9-1-1.