You shouldn't do it in the first place, but consider this fair warning to you and your wallet. For the next few weeks, the Boise Police department will actively be watching for and ticketing distracted and aggressive drivers.

According to a press release, the Boise Police are participating in a Distracted and Aggressive Driving Enforcement Campaign to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted and aggressive driving.

The campaign combines education, awareness and enforcement of Idaho’s traffic laws that apply to inattentive driving.  Distractions can include navigation and entertainment systems, cell phones, or more conventional distractions, such as interacting with passengers, applying makeup or eating.
Officers will be using multiple ways of observing violations. Officers will also be handing out materials with information about the dangers of distracted driving during traffic stops.

In 2016, there were 4,973 distracted driving traffic crashes in Idaho which resulted in 64 lives lost, and 3,681 people injured. 71 Percent of fatal distracted driving crashes occurred on rural roadways.

If you’re driving, four simple things can protect you:
• keep your hands on the wheel;
• keep your eyes on the road;
• keep your mind on driving (if you’re a passenger, speak up if you think the driver is distracted); and
• keep your seat belt fastened

The campaign to promote attentive driving runs from now through April 14.

Here is what officers will be looking for:

  • Speeding
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Following too close
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Passing stop signs
  • Disregarding signals
  • Seatbelt violations

Remember:  Distracted driving crashes are 100% preventable.  Make the shift to engaged driving.