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All Available Idaho State Police Personnel on Patrol Thursday: 'All Hands on Deck'

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If you see more Idaho State Police troopers today, it's not a coincidence. 

All day Thursday, July 2, ISP is conducting an "All Hands on Deck" operation, meaning "all available sworn ISP personnel, even those usually behind a desk," will hit the streets during one the the busiest (and deadliest) weekends of the year on Idaho roads. 

ISP reported that since Memorial Day weekend (May 22-25), it has investigated 18 fatal crashes.

In an effort to reduce fatalities on Idaho roads this summer, ISP reminds drivers of a few principles "that can save your life or the life of a loved one:

—Buckle up. It's the best defense in the event of a crash.

—Slow down. You will not get to your destination faster, or maybe at all, if you are involved in a crash.

—Drive sober. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before drinking. If you are impaired, call a taxi, a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

—Just drive. Put the distractions way until you reach your destination. 

—Give yourself more space between you and the vehicle in front of you so you have time to react to heavy traffic, hazards and road conditions.

—Report suspected drunk drivers and other hazardous drivers to law enforcement. Dial 9-1-1 or call the Idaho State Police on a mobile phone at *ISP (*477).

In conjunction with its All Hands on Deck operation, ISP will conduct a virtual ride-along with a trooper via Twitter using @IdahoStPolice, from 6 p.m. today until around 1 a.m. on Friday, July 3.