Idaho Law Enforcement Seeks to Reduce Aggressive Driving
It's hot in Idaho and throughout the Western United States. It's vacation season, and that means more people are on the roads. As we've reported earlier, we are living in the 100 Deadliest Days in the Gem State. The 100 days are when more people are on the road, whether going on vacation or driving excessively at higher speeds.
Whether it's Idaho natives or transplants, poor or aggressive driving leads to increased vehicle accidents. The Idaho Transportation Department is partnering with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to reduce aggressive driving according to a release.
The summer days between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends are known as the 100 Deadliest, when there is an increase in fatal crashes. According to OHS preliminary data, 41 people have died in crashes in Idaho since Memorial Day weekend this year.
Friday, July 23 through Sunday, August 8, close to 60 law enforcement agencies throughout Idaho will participate in OHS' high visibility enforcement campaign, dedicating patrols to enforcing Idaho's speed limits and stopping aggressive drivers. Aggressive driving is a contributing factor in half of all crashes in Idaho. It happens when a driver makes the choice to speed, follow another car too closely, run a red light or ignore a stop sign, weave in and out of traffic, or not use turn signals.
"We are reminding drivers to stay engaged behind the wheel and watch for those speed limit signs," said OHS Manager John Tomlinson. "We all have the responsibility to pay attention to how we are driving, have patience and protect other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians."
Speeding greatly reduces a driver's ability to slow down when necessary or to steer safely around an unexpected curve, another vehicle, or hazard in the road. It also increases danger for pedestrians and people who ride bicycles.
"As you enjoy summer in Idaho, please keep in mind that traveling in a vehicle is one of the most risky situations we experience on a daily basis. Any time you speed, you are putting yourself and other people in danger," Tomlinson added. "Let's drive well so everyone can make it to their destinations safely."