05-24-10 Seat Belt Safety; Boise Police Extra patrols
Boise, May 24, 2010 - Boise Police have
extra traffic patrols on the streets as of this morning. And while
watching for traffic violations, officers are paying special
attention to seat belts! Those not buckled up, whether driving very
early in the morning or late at night, risk a ticket.
• Boise Police have received a $22,000 grant from the Idaho
Transportation Department's Office of Highway Safety.
• The grant pays for overtime for officers working the special
traffic safety patrols.
• The special seat belt patrols begin today, May 24th, and run
through Sunday, June 6th.
• Boise PD is one of 65 Idaho law enforcement agencies
participating in the extra patrols and safety campaign.
• The Boise Police Department is committed to supporting ITD's
statewide safety campaign "Toward Zero Deaths," because every life
Up to 90% Boiseans wearing seat belts - good but not good
enough, "Sometimes it's tragic".
Boise Motor Officer Kyle Wills just
completed an unofficial survey of Boise City motorists. Officer
Wills found between 87% and 90% seat belt use in the city.
In 2009, the national safety restraint
use rate was 84%, while statewide, Idaho's use rate stood at
"The survey is encouraging, and we thank
those who are buckling up and reminding their friends and family to
do the same." said Officer Wills.
"We're still hopeful we can reach out
and convince that extra ten percent that wearing seat belts is
worth their time. We, as traffic and patrol officers, see what
happens when we respond to crashes with people who weren't wearing
seat belts. Sometimes it's tragic. We know a motorists chance of
surviving a crash, and surviving with less serious injuries, often
depends on whether they were wearing seat belts."
Special patrols in time for Memorial Day travel
"We know that more people hit the road
in the summer and our goal is to keep Idahoans safe," said Officer
Wills. "We hope this campaign reminds everyone to think about their
safety and the safety of their loved ones as they make summer
Enforcement and Education; a Strong Safety Message
As officers hit the streets, ads that
send a strong safety message about seat belt use have already hit
local media. ITD began a safety ad campaign using local media last
Idaho Crash Stats:
• Last year, 85 unrestrained people were killed in Idaho traffic
• State law requires all vehicle occupants to be properly
restrained, no matter where they are seated.
• Fines for violating Idaho's safety restraint laws range from
$10 to $69.
• Decisions to not buckle up also cost Idahoans money. U.S.
Department of Transportation studies show that safety restraint use
in Idaho saved $260 million in comprehensive costs in 2007 alone.
However, the lack of safety restraint use by approximately one in
four Idahoans cost citizens of the state nearly $48 million in
preventable emergency, medical and social costs.
Riding Unbuckled in 2010 - Who Is Most at Risk?
• Nighttime drivers - According to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, of the 12,671 passenger vehicle occupants
who died in motor vehicle crashes between the nighttime hours of 6
p.m. and 5:59 a.m. in 2008, nearly two-thirds (64%) were NOT
wearing seat belts - compared to less than half (45%) of the
passenger vehicle occupants killed during the daytime hours of 6
a.m. to 5:59 p.m.
• Teens - In 2008, 70 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants
13 to 15 years old killed in traffic crashes were not buckled up -
the highest percentage of all age groups.
• Young adults - Among passenger vehicle occupants 25 to 34 who
were killed in crashes, 66 percent were not buckled up - the second
highest percentage for any age group.
• Men - Men are less likely than women to buckle up. This is
especially true of young men. In 2008, 66 percent of male drivers
and 74 percent of male passengers 18 to 34 killed in passenger
vehicles were NOT wearing their seat belts.
- Pickup drivers and passengers - Pickup truck drivers and
passengers continue to have lower seat belt usage rates than
occupants of other passenger vehicles. In 2008, 67 percent of
pickup truck drivers and 70 percent of pickup truck passengers who
were killed in traffic crashes were NOT buckled up.