Statewide Patrols Target Aggressive Driving During 100 Deadliest Days
Marisa Lloyd

Statewide Patrols Target Aggressive Driving During 100 Deadliest Days

Moscow PD and Nez Perce County Sheriffs Office.

The Moscow Police Department and the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office are teaming up with the Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety (OHS) to keep Idaho roads safe this summer. Beginning Fri., July 23, both departments will join close to 60 law enforcement agencies statewide putting extra officers on the roads looking for aggressive drivers.

The effort comes in the middle of the 100 Deadliest Days on Idaho roads when there is an increase in fatal crashes between Memorial Day and Labor Day. According to the Office of Highway Safety's preliminary data, 40 people have died in crashes in Idaho since Memorial Day weekend this year.

The goal of the emphasis is to save lives, please stay alert behind the wheel and watch for the posted speed limit signs, they exist for a reason. The roadways can be a dangerous place and speed limits are designed to protect everyone – drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Aggressive driving is a contributing factor in half of all crashes in Idaho. It happens when a driver makes the choice to speed, follow too closely, run a red light or ignore a stop sign, weave in and out of traffic, or not use turn signals. July 23rd through August 8th, deputies will dedicate patrols to enforcing Idaho's speed limits.

Speeding greatly reduces a driver's ability to slow down when necessary or to steer safely around an unexpected curve, another vehicle, or hazard in the road. It also increases the danger for pedestrians and people who ride bicycles. Speed limits are designed to protect everyone, drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

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