Empty shoes to illustrate lives lost
because of failure to use seat belts
Representatives of the Idaho Seat Belt Coalition (ISBC)
will hold an “Empty Shoes” event at the state Capitol, Wednesday
at 10:30 a.m. The ISBC will display 126 empty pairs of shoes representing
the number of unbelted occupants killed in traffic crashes in Idaho
in 2005, the latest year of complete crash data.
The empty shoes demonstration was designed to educate
people about the human and financial toll that Idahoans pay because
some people choose to violate Idaho’s 20-year-old seat belt law.
Twenty percent of Idahoans fail to fasten their seat belts. Sadly, that
20 percent account for 60 percent of the people killed in traffic crashes
and cost the state and its taxpayers $575 million - money that could
have been saved with a quick click of a seat belt.
The purpose of the Idaho Seat Belt Coalition is to bring
together individuals, organizations, companies, and government agencies
interested in supporting the goal of 100 percent seat belt compliance
through strong public education, and support for law enforcement.
“Empty Shoes” events will be held in the
following districts on the following dates:
Monday (Jan. 22): Coeur d’Alene,
ITD main conference room, 600 W Prairie Ave, Coeur d’Alene,
at 10 a.m. For more information contact: Capt. Wayne Longo, Idaho
State Police, at (208) 772-6055.
Tuesday (Jan. 23): Lewiston, Fish
& Game Building, 1540 Warner Ave, at 16th and Warner, Lewiston,
at 10:30 a.m. For more information contact: Sgt. Ted Piche,’
Lewiston Police, at (208) 791-6665.
Wednesday (Jan. 24): Boise, Idaho
State Capitol, South Steps, W. Jefferson St, Boise, at 10:30 a.m.
For more information contact: Joanne Taylor or Alison Eatough, ES
Drake, (208) 342-0925.
Thursday (Jan. 25): Twin Falls,Twin
Falls City Council Chambers located at 305 3rd Ave. E. at 10:00 a.m.
For more information contact: Captain Dan Hall, Jerome Police, at
Friday (Jan. 26): Idaho Falls, Idaho
Falls City Hall at 9 a.m. For more information contact: Gary Rose
at (208) 538-7447 or Lynette Sharp, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical
Center at (208) 227-2035.
Friday (Jan. 26): Pocatello: City
Council Chambers at Pocatello City Hall, 911 N. 7th Ave. at 1:00.
For more information contact: Lt. Dan Woods, Pocatello Police, (208)