In a hurry to get somewhere? Guilty of speeding? Blurring
the distinction of a yellow and red light? Constantly changing
lanes to save a couple of seconds?
Those are a few of the behaviors that define aggressive driving
behaviors Idaho State Police (ISP) officers are hoping
to change through an enforcement campaign funded in part with
a recent grant from ITDs Office of Highway Safety (OHS).
Aggressive driving isnt a dangerous practice
of just one category or age group, says Mark Strait
of the OHS. Aggressive drivers are everyday people,
professionals, blue-collar workers, the unemployed, homemakers,
parents and young adults.
At least some of the time, all of us drive aggressively,
Aggressive driving includes behaviors such as following too
close, driving too fast, running a red light or rolling through
a stop sign. In 60 percent of all Idaho automobile crashes,
one of the five aggressive driving behaviors is a contributing
factor. Being in a hurry often contributes to drivers taking
The new funds will provide additional manpower resources
to try to get control of the reckless driving, the extreme
speeders, the improper passing thats going on in various
roads throughout the entire state, ISP Lt. Lonnie Richardson
said in a KLEW-TV (Lewiston) interview.
The $50,000 grant is funded as a demonstration project by
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Funds
are distributed throughout the state and are dedicated to
both reducing aggressive driving and increasing seat belt
The money will help pay for overtime shifts through January