Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Update: Aggressive Driving Enforcement

Update: Aggressive Driving Enforcement

    UPDATE: Boise, June 27, 2007 - Boise Police have concluded a special enforcement campaign targeting aggressive drivers.

    In the past two weeks, officers working these special patrols gave out 745 citations for aggressive driving (That figure is ONLY for the special aggressive driving patrols paid for by a grant from the Idaho Transportation Office of HIghway safety, NOT citation totals for the department as a whole.)

    Statistics from the special patrol include:

  • Dates Worked: June 10th - 23rd
  • Citizen Contacts: 788
  • Moving Citations issued (Agg. Driving): 745 (included 4 DUI's)
  • Non-Moving Citations issued: 98 (expired registration, lack of insurance, expired license, etc.)
  • Failure to Wear Seatbelt Citations: 7

    The goal of the special aggressive patrols was to make Boise City streets safer.

    "It's difficult to tell what may have been prevented by these special patrols," said Officer Eric Simunich of the Boise Police Motors Unit. "We do know aggressive driving is a major cause of accidents. We hope these patrols helped educate motorists to the dangers they can put themselves and others in when they drive too fast, too close to other cars, or don't follow signals and signs."

    "We appreciate the Office of Highway Safety for helping us help citizens of Boise with this important safety message." said Officer Simunich.

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Original Release:

    Boise, June 14, 2007 - Aggressive drivers - watch out! Boise Police are targeting aggressive driving during special patrols that began Sunday, June 10th and run through Saturday, June 23rd.

    After 4 days of special patrols, officers have already written about 150 tickets to motorists found driving aggressively.

    Boise Police received a $25,000 grant from the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of Highway Safety to pay for overtime for the special patrols. The grant will help pay for an additional 2 - 3 officers working each day to specifically enforce aggressive driving laws.

    The goal of the patrols is to decrease aggressive driving related accidents and keep Boise streets safe.

    Officers will target:

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

    The special aggressive driving patrols will be scheduled every day, throughout the day and/or the evening through the 23rd.

    Officers watching for aggressive drivers will also target those drivers for seat belt of child restraint violations as well.

    Boise Police want to thank the Office of Highway Safety for making these special patrols possible.