Boise Officers are part of a statewide Education and Enforcement effort to Stop Agressive Drivers!
Boise, August 14, 2012 - Boise Police hope a focused campaign on the dangers of agressive driving will help keep Idaho motorists safer during the deadliest driving month of the year - August.
Boise officers just completed an intensive two week campaign focusing on aggressive driving enforcement. The effort is part of an on-going education campaign, including billboard, radio and TV spots urging drivers to stop speeding and tailgating, running red lights and stop signs, behaviors that cause crashes. In Idaho, the campaign is called Toward Zero Deaths, a traffic safety campaign aimed at keeping all drivers and passengers safe on Idaho roadways.
August has the highest rate of fatal and serious injury crashes and aggressive driving was a contributing factor in almost half of all crashes in Idaho last year, according to state statistics.
"It's hard to miss the spots that urge motorists to 'Stop Aggressive Driving'. Thanks to federal and state efforts, those messages flood local media with education about why speeding and aggressive driving is so dangerous,"said Officer Kyle Wills of the Boise Police Motors Unit.
"We can support that message by being highly visible out on the roads with consistent enforcement. We're constantly looking for drivers who endanger others by being aggressive behind the wheel. If the education doesn't bring the message home, hopefully law enforcement will," said Officer Wills.
From August 2nd - 13th, the focus on aggressive drivers resulted in Boise Police issuing:
- 1105 Speeding Citations
- 165 Seatbelt Citations
- 182 Insurance Violations
- 4 Suspended Driver Licenses
- 27 other violations including Stop Sign, Red Light, and Lane Violations.
"We gave very few warnings during this campaign because it was heavily advertised we were out there. Still sadly, it wasn't hard for officers to find aggressive drivers and write them tickets," said Officer Wills. "That means we all have a ways to go toward remembering that our safety and the safety of our loved ones begins with our driving, not the other guys."
What drivers can do: "We want this effort to remind drivers to plan ahead, allow extra time to get where they're going in case there is a traffic tie-up, and mainly to focus on the task of driving! Running late or being frustrated with traffic is no reason to cause someone serious injury or worse, to lose their life in a crash," said Officer Wills.
To avoid being an aggressive driver:
- Concentrate. Don't allow yourself to become distracted by talking on the phone, eating, drinking, etc.
- Relax: Tune the radio to your favorite relaxing music. Music can calm your nerves and help you relax in your car.
- Drive the posted speed limit: Fewer crashes occur when vehicles are traveling at or about the same speed.
- Identify Alternate Routes: Try mapping an alternate route. Even if it looks longer on paper, you may find it's less congested.
- Use public transportation: Public transportation can give you some much-neede relief from behind the wheel.
- Just be late: If all else fails, it's better to arrive late than not at all.
When confronted with an aggressive driver:
- Get out of the way: First and foremost, make every effort to get out of their way.
- Put your pride aside: Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold your own in your travel lane. The risk isn't worth it.
- Avoid eye contact: Eye contact can sometimes enrage an aggressive driver.
- Gestures: Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
- Report serious aggressive driving: You or a passenger may call the police. If your driving, before you use a cell phone, pull over to a safe location.
Previous Release from Idaho Transportation Office of Highway Safety:
Statewide aggressive driving mobilization under way through Aug. 13
BOISE, Aug. 2, 2012 - Speeding, tailgating, unsafe passing and running lights or stop signs are aggressive driving behaviors that quickly can turn roads deadly.
The Idaho Transportation Department is partnering with law enforcement agencies across Idaho to make highways safer by providing federal funding for education efforts and increased aggressive driving enforcement patrols through Aug. 13.
“August has the highest rate of fatal and serious injury aggressive driver crashes,” said Josephine O’Connor from ITD’s Office of Highway Safety. “Male drivers are represented in 71 percent of fatal aggressive driving crashes in Idaho.”
Aggressive driving was a contributing factor in almost half of all crashes in the state in 2011.
“Avoid being an aggressive driver by planning ahead and allowing extra time,” O’Connor advises. “Concentrate on driving, relax, drive the posted speed limit and just be late if pressed for time.”
She added that if confronted by an aggressive driver, safely get out of the way. Do not challenge the driver by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane, avoid eye contact and ignore gestures.
“Remember that getting to your destination safely and protecting you and your passengers are the goals,” O’Connor said.
The highway safety mobilization is part of the department's commitment to achieve a goal of zero deaths on Idaho’s highways.