Safety professionals and law enforcement officials will gather in Boise on Tuesday for the Idaho Highway Safety Summit. The event is sponsored by the ITD's Office of Highway Operations and Safety (OHOS) and will be at the DoubleTree Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summit sessions will focus on efforts to eliminate deaths on Idaho highways. National and local experts also will speak about traffic safety and enforcement issues related to Idaho's recent Toward Zero Deaths initiative.
"Too many people are dying and getting seriously injured on Idaho roads," said Mark Strait of OHOS. "The tremendous human toll and burdensome financial toll makes it imperative that we move toward a vision of zero deaths."
Participants will include representatives from the Idaho State Police, county sheriffs' offices and local police departments, as well as numerous other agencies and organizations involved in highway safety issues.
Program highlights include:
Each day, an average of five Idahoans are either killed or seriously injured in traffic crashes. Society pays 85 percent of the medical costs for those involved in crashes. These costs are passed on to the general public through higher insurance premiums, taxes and increased charges for medical services.