070109 Aggressive Driving UPDATE- NEW DUI Crackdowns
Boise, July 1, 2009 - As Boise Police begin a holiday crackdown on DUI drivers, June's aggressive driving crackdown results are in. Between June 12th and 21st, Boise Officers wrote more than 800 tickets for the most obvious and complained about aggressive driving behavior; speeding.
"“Our goal is to save lives,” said Officer Eric Simunich of the Boise Police Motors Unit, the unit leading BPD's aggressive driving enforcement campaign. “Drivers need to remember that there is a reason posted speed limits exist. The roadways can be a dangerous place and the speed limits are designed to protect everyone."
"If it's a warning or a citation, our goal is to educate drivers. To let them know that certain driving behaviors are dangerous for the driver, their passengers, or anyone else using Boise streets." said Officer Simunich.
Boise Police received a grant of more than $23,000 from the Idaho Transportation Office of Highway Safety to pay for officer overtime to crack down on aggressive driving. The intensive campaign ran June 12th through June 21st.
Officers like to say "traffic enforcement is law enforcement". Thanks to officers spotting traffic violations, Boise Police were able to identify a number of other violations, like driving with a license or insurance, or finding a child not properly restrained inside the vehicle.
Today, Boise Police begin a ten-day aggressive Drunk Driving - Over the Limit - Under Arrest enforcement blitz.
The Boise Police Night STEP Unit, officers who specialize in DUI enforcement, received a $8000 grant from the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety. The state grant will pay for overtime for additional officers to patrol Boise City streets looking specifically for DUI drivers July 1 - 10. For more, please see the news release posted at www.boisepolice.org on June 29th.
BPD Aggressive Driving Crackdown, June 12th and 21st*:
Total Traffic Contacts: 2180
DUI Arrests: 43
Seat Belt Citations: 32
Child Safety Seat Violations 2
Recovered Stolen Vehicles: 2
Suspended Licenses: 64
Uninsured Motorists: 165
Speeding Citations: 834
Reckless Driving Cites/Arrests:6
Drug Arrests (from traffic): 26
*These statistics include traffic contacts made by all Boise Police officers during the Aggressive Driving campaign, not only those assigned to the additional patrols.
Officers advise drivers to Chill or Pay the Bill. Boise Police will have extra patrols looking for drivers whose behavior endangers others.
Motorists advised to Chill or Pay the Bill
Boise, June 11, 2009 - Boise Police will have extra patrols on the streets beginning tomorrow, Friday, June 12th, targeting aggressive drivers.
"Aggressive driving is simply defined as anyone who drives in such a way that they endanger others," said Officer Eric Simunich of the Boise Police Motors Unit, the unit leading BPD's aggressive driving enforcement campaign.
"Too many times an individual taking out their aggression on the road gets somebody hurt. Sometimes a ticket is the best tool we have to educate people to the danger of aggressive driving and try to get them to stop unsafe behavior." said Officer Simunich.
Boise Police Officers will tickets drivers who:
- Fail to yield the right-of-way
- Roll through stop signs
- Exceed posted speed limits or break the basic rule of driving too fast for conditions
- Drive recklessly
- Disregard traffic signs or signals
Fines for aggressive driving citations begin at $75.
WHY TARGET AGGRESSIVE DRIVING:
Aggressive driving is a leading cause of accidents and injuries.
- Preliminary data from 2008 shows there were 100 aggressive driving fatalities on Idaho roads.
- Failure to yield to right of way and driving too fast for conditions were the top two contributing circumstances for deaths and serious injuries on Idaho roads last year.
Boise Police have been awarded a grant of more than $23,000 from the Idaho Transportation Office of Highway Safety to pay for officer overtime to enforce aggressive driving laws. The intensive campaign runs through June 21st.
The ITD Office of Highway Safety is supporting efforts by local agencies like Boise PD by mounting a public awareness campaign to educate drivers on the dangers and consequences of aggressive driving, including billboards, radio and online advertising, and working with local reporters.
HOW CAN CITIZENS HELP:
If you know of an area where motorists consistently drive aggressively, log onto www.boisepolice.org and click on Report a Crime Online. The link will take you to a page where you can type in your traffic concern and it will be routed directly to the patrol office of the Boise Police Department.