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