Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Boise PD to Assist Boise County in Traffic Safety Patrols

07-01-10 Boise PD to Assist Boise County in Traffic Safety Patrols

Special enforcement starts today!

    Boise, July 1, 2010 - Beginning today and running throughout the summer, Boise Police motors officers will join deputies with the Boise County Sheriff's Office in increasing patrols targeting aggressive or impaired driving on Boise County highways.

    Keeping summer travelers safe is the goal behind the extra traffic enforcement. Officers and deputies are specifically concerned about aggressive driving by motorcycle riders, a problem Boise County deputies and residents tell Boise Police is increasing.

     "Boise County deputies came to us and said this is a traffic safety problem that they're very concerned about, especially as summer travel starts to pick up," said Sgt. Kyle Christensen of the Boise Police Motors Unit.    

    "The summer brings more motorcycle riders in Boise County. The deputies are concerned about speeding, drunk driving and other behaviors that could put all summer travelers at risk. BPD does a lot of special patrols focusing on highway safety, so they asked us to help and we said, sure. We know a lot of travelers using those mountain highways come from Boise. If we can help keep them safe, we will"

    Boise City's assistance in Boise County is being paid for by a grant from the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of Highway Operations and Safety.

    The Boise City patrols in Boise County will not take away any officers regularly scheduled to be on patrol on Boise City streets. The BPD officers assisting in Boise County will be working extra, overtime hours paid for by the state traffic safety grant money, similar to other ITD supported special traffic patrols targeting seat belts and aggressive driving.

    "In the summer, many new riders are hitting the street and most have no training", said Cecilia Arritola, motorcycle safety coordinator with ITD's Office of Highway Operations and Safety.

    "Riding a motorcycle requires balance, judgment and quick reactions. Alcohol slows or dulls these skills in riders," Arritola said. "Mix in aggressive riding behaviors such as; speeding, tailgating, and weaving in and out of traffic, and you're going to crash."

    In 2009, 24 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes involved impaired motorcyclists.   Statistically, 52 percent of the fatalities were single vehicle accidents with no other cars involved. This percentage has increased significantly the last two years.