Idaho State Police (ISP) troopers know all too well the dangers
motorists face when confronted by a winter snowstorm, freezing
rain or poor visibility. For Trooper Mark Todd, a wintertime
triple-fatality crash prompted him to take matters into his
He stepped forward with a plan to help prevent similar accidents
from occurring in the future, and in 2000 established the
Winter Driving Workshop. For his life-saving efforts, Todd
will receive certificates of appreciation from ITDs
Office of Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA).
certificates will be presented during the Winter Driving Workshop
Saturday (Jan. 24) at 2 p.m. at the ISP office, 602 Prairie
Avenue in Coeur d Alene.
Trooper Todd has demonstrated outstanding leadership
and initiative by developing this class, said Neill
Raymond of NHTSA. His work is helping save lives and
prevent serious injuries caused by traffic crashes.
Todds dedication to reducing crashes, his ongoing
commitment to increasing seat belt use, and his devotion to
educating the public about safety issues is to be commended,
said Mary Hunter, Idaho Office of Highway Safety.
Both Hunter and Raymond will be on hand for the presentations.
The event that precipitated Todds work claimed the
lives of three members of the same family a tragic
crash that might have been prevented with the proper driving
skills. A grandmother, her daughter and granddaughter were
killed when their car hydroplaned on wet pavement.
Three generations from one family gone in an instant
quite unnecessary, Todd said.
All crashes start with driver error. One fleeting moment
behind the wheel can change everything. Protect yourself and
your loved ones by applying common sense behind the wheel
and buckling up for every trip.