Where Idaho safety statutes fall short
The “2008 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws” report cards graded states on whether or not they adopted 15 model laws. Idaho falls short in the following areas:
Adult Occupant Protection (2 model laws)
The current motorcycle helmet law only applies to those younger than 19 rather than requiring motorcyclists of all ages to wear a helmet.
Child Passenger Safety (1 model law)
Teen driving Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system that phases in the full driving privilege in a three-stage process (5 model laws)
While Idaho’s laws come close to meeting desired guidelines, the state lags in two areas:
Impaired Driving (7 model laws)
Idaho does not meet the requirement for adopting stronger penalties for high blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) drivers for exceeding a .15 BAC.
The state does not require mandatory BAC testing for all drivers - killed or surviving - in crashes involving death or serious injury.
No sobriety checkpoints are allowed and ignition interlock devices are not required for first-time offenders.