Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Boise Police Find 93% Seat Belt Compliance in the City

Thank You! A recent survey finds better than 9 in 10 motorists in Boise City are Buckling Up! 

Boise, June 5, 2013 - Boise Police have found more than 93% of motorists in the city are using their seat belts! Officers say that's encouraging and will mean fewer serious injuries and even deaths in traffic crashes. 

"As officers, we're extremely proud of the citizens of Boise for taking it upon themselves to not only follow the law but to do so with the understanding that seat belts indeed save their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Many times during recent traffic stops, citizens thanked us for reminding them to use their seat belt, even when it meant we wrote them a ticket," said Officer Kyle Wills of the Boise Police Motors Unit.

Boise Police participated in a recent statewide effort to educate citizens and enforce Idaho's seat belt laws.

Between May 20th and June 1st, Boise Police made 1,675 contacts with motorists involving moving violations. Of those, officers issued:

  • 1,593 seatbelt citations 
  • 2 child safety seat citations 
  • 7 suspended driver license citations
  • 235 no insurance citations
  • 103 speeding citations
  • 1 reckless driving citation

Idaho 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.

Why Seat Belts Matter: Seat belts are the most effective safety feature ever introduced for vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When used correctly, seat belts reduce the likelihood for fatal and serious injury crashes by half

By this estimate, there were 39 lives saved in Idaho in 2011 thanks to seat belt usage. An additional 39 lives could have been save if everyone involved in a crash had buckled up, according to the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety. 

Last year, 73 unrestrained people were killed in Idaho traffic crashes.

“Whether a person is belted or not often becomes the difference between life and death,” said Officer Wills.  “Remember to buckle up for those you love, every trip, every time.”