Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, August 04, 2008

07-18-08 BPD Aggressive Driving Patrols

07-18-08 BPD Aggressive Driving Patrols

    Boise, August 4, 2008 - Boise Police wrote some 789 speeding tickets during the recent crack down on aggressive driving, writing more than 1100 tickets in all. Officers hope the recent campaign leaves motorists with the message that driving responsibly is also driving safely.

    Boise Police, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Idaho Department of Highway Safety, put more officers out on the streets from July 18 - 27. Officers focused their patrols from approx. 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in neighborhoods all over the city.

    In tallying up the effort found:

  • 789 speeding violations
  • 26 seat belt violations
  • 34 insurance violations
  • 1157 violations total

    Other aggressive driving violations included running red lights, stop signs, or reckless driving. 

    Boise Police appreciate the partnership of the Idaho Department of Highway Safety and will continue these special patrols throughout the year, as funding is available.

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Original Release:

  

Boise July 18th, 2008 - The Boise Police Department has received a $25,000 dollar grant to put extra officers on the roads. Over the next two weeks officers will search for aggressive drivers who place everyone on our roads at risk. This Idaho State grant from the Department of Highway Safety will allow Boise to place additional officers on the road to search for this type of driving. The behaviors that define aggressive driving are: failure to yield the right-of-way, stop sign violation, speeding, basic rule or driving too fast for conditions, reckless driving, tailgating, and disregarding traffic signs or signals. The goal of this project is to reduce motor vehicle crashes, injuries and deaths caused by youth and adult aggressive driving behaviors, through increasing law enforcement presence, and educating the public.

Background: In 2006, aggressive driving was a contributing factor in 54% of all crashes and 116 fatalities in Idaho. The economic cost of crashes involving aggressive driving was $875.9 million dollars. This represents 49% of the total cost of all crashes in Idaho. Aggressive driving is the highest single contributing factor in both injury and fatal crashes. In 2006, youth drivers were 4.1 times as likely to be involved in aggressive driving crashes. Aggressive Youth drivers, ages 15 - 19, comprised 22% of all fatal and injury crashes in 2006, yet comprise just 6.6 of all licensed drivers.

The fine for speeding tickets is between $75-$140. All other moving violations are $75. Keep in mind that careless and reckless driving violations are misdemeanors.

 

Release Prepared By: 

Charles McCLure 

Boise Police Public Information