ISP Supports Seat Belt Education and Enforcement: UPDATE
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ISP Supports Seat Belt Education and Enforcement: UPDATE

11/21/2020

Update: ISP supports the nationwide seat belt mobilization, and Troopers are on patrol working to educate and enforce Idaho's seat belt laws daily with the goal of keeping motorists safe. However additional grant-funded ISP patrols are not yet operating as indicated in yesterday's release. Extra patrols are expected next week and will be announced on the @ISPHeadquarters Twitter account. Our apologies for the confusion. 

Updated Release:
We all have more holidays to enjoy, so Buckle Up, Idaho!  

Holiday gatherings may look different this year, but what hasn't changed is the importance of sharing the holidays with loved ones. Idaho State Police are reminding motorists that buckling up and engaged driving is the best way to keep families whole and ensure more holiday celebrations. 

Idaho State Police supports a special two-week mobilization involving the ITD Office of Highway Safety and partner law enforcement agencies nationwide. Focused seat belt education and enforcement patrols began November 16 and will run through November 29. During traffic stops, these patrols will provide additional emphasis on the protection and safety seat belts provide.

"Our Troopers see first-hand the lives lost when people don't buckle up, and that sudden loss of life is devastating to the family. The best way we can honor those families is to try and prevent these tragedies. That means getting folks to wear their seat belt and focus on their driving." Said Lt. Chris Weadick of ISP District 6 in Eastern Idaho.

According to the Idaho Office of Highway Safety:

 -   As of Nov 17, 2020, there have been at least 131* motor vehicle fatalities in Idaho; 88 of those killed were not wearing seat belts.
-   In 2019, 44% of the fatal crashes in Idaho were single vehicles that ran off the road; 72% of those killed in these vehicles were not wearing seatbelts.

"The enforcement done in these patrols can often be an effective education for motorists to remember safe driving behaviors, including buckling up." Said Lt Chris Schenck of ISP District 1 in North Idaho.  

"We're urging folks who choose to travel this holiday to think of the friends and family and great food they have waiting for them, and to make the choices that will get them where they're going safely. Most folks don't want to risk a citation, but that enforcement can be useful as education to remind folks it's all about getting them down the road and keeping them safe." Said Lt. Schenck.

Funding for additional seat belt education and enforcement is provided by a grant from the Idaho Transportation Department through the National Highway Traffic Administration. 

*yearly data is not yet complete.

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