Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Aggressive Driving Crackdown

04-07-11 Aggressive Driving Crackdown

    Boise, April 7, 2011 - Boise Police have partnered with the Idaho Transportation Department on an aggressive driving education and enforcement campaign beginning today and running through April 18th. Law enforcement agencies throughout Idaho are stepping up patrols to stop speeders on Idaho roadways.

    "This is all about saving lives," said Officer Eric Simunich, a traffic safety officer with the Boise Police Motors Unit. "A lot of the injury crashes we respond to are caused by speeding."

    "These campaigns with ITD are extremely helpful in getting the message out to our community that their safety on the road is a priority. ITD uses media to send out these critical, potentially life saving traffic safety messages, and they offer police agencies like Boise grants to pay for extra patrols for more officers to work the streets. Our goal is to strengthen those traffic safety messages by backing them up with very visible enforcement. It's a great partnership that we really think makes a difference improving traffic safety." said Officer Simunich

       The campaign focuses on the messageStop Speeding Before it Stops You.The message has been on billboards, radio and television ads for the past several days throughout the state. Grants from ITD's Office of Highway Safety then helps local police agencies reinforce the safety messages by paying for more officers on the roads, something police agencies call high-visibility enforcement aimed at reducing traffic crashes. 

       "We want motorists to know that doing simple things like obeying traffic signs, waiting for other drivers, or just slowing down can save your life and the lives of others," said Cecilia Awusie, with ITD's Office of Highway Safety.  

    Idaho statistics, courtesy of the Idaho Transportation Departments: 

  • Over the last three years (2008-2010), 32% of all traffic fatalities in Idaho and 21% of all serious injuries resulted from speed-related crashes. 
  • In the same time period, speed-related crashes resulted in 214 fatalities and 883 serious injuries. 
  • Speed was a factor in 36% of all aggressive driving crashes, but was a factor in 72% of the fatal aggressive driving crashes.

    The education and enforcement campaign is funded by a federal grant administered by ITD. The campaign is part of the department's commitment to achieve a goal of zero deaths on Idaho's highways and Boise Police are proud to participate.