Idaho State Police “All Hands on Deck” Labor Day operation

Idaho State Police “All Hands on Deck” Labor Day operation
LEWISTON, ID - AAA estimates that more than 34-million Americans will be traveling during this upcoming Labor Day holiday, and 85% of those will be hitting the road to do so.

Reporter Sophia Miraglio learns why you won't be alone, as she buckles up with law enforcement who are cracking down on unsafe drivers.

With the end of summer in sight, travelers are hitting the road and looking forward to three days off... but the Idaho State Police won't be taking a vacation.

"Any administrative duties are gonna be put on hold, and everyone from trooper up to including the districts captains and down to headquarters the colonel himself will out be in a patrol car, patrolling Idaho's highways," said Idaho State Police Sergeant Rich Adamson.

The "All Hands on Deck" operation is designed to increase patrols on the busiest travel days of the year, and according to Triple A, the largest share of travelers will leave on Friday, in order to take full advantage of the Labor Day weekend.

"With increased ISP we're hoping to be more of a deterrent, get people to slow down, identify drivers that are driving impaired or distracted and try to stop tragedies before they happen," said Adamson.

While it's impossible to stop all tragedies on the roadway, the Idaho State Police said they'll continue to try.

And from sun up to sun down, day after day, they'll be there making sure that you get to your destination safely.

"Ideally what we’re looking for is the safety of the motoring public out on Idaho’s highways," said Adamson.

The extra enforcement efforts don't stop at ISP, as the Nez Perce County Sheriffs office plans on having extra patrols out as well.

"We have mountain patrol, we'll have two officers on Waha mountain area, ATV'S, four-wheel drive the campground check," said Lt. Paul Mcnish. "We'll have two boats out."

"Just take a little more time getting to the final destination it's better to arrive late than not at all," said Adamson.