ITD, law enforcement partner to curb speeding, aggressive driving

ITD, Idaho State Police troopers and other law enforcement agencies recently concluded a campaign to stop aggressive drivers and remind drivers to "Stop Speeding Before It Stops You." The high-visibility aggressive driving patrols ran from April 7 to April 18.

During the campaign, Region 4 Idaho State Police troopers focused on enforcement of speed limits and traffic laws and citing those drivers who were unbelted. Their activities included:

Total contacts, April 7-18: 1,169
DUI arrests, 8 Seat belt citations, 48 Youth seat belt, citations, 3 Child safety seat citations, 9
Felony arrests, 3 Fugitives apprehended, 2 Suspended licenses, 19 Uninsured motorists, 111
Speeding citations, 569 Following, too closely,  4 Disregarding a signal, 2 Failure to yield , 7
Too fast for conditions, 1 Youth speeding citations, 3 Reckless driving citations, 2 Drug arrests, 12
  Underage alcohol arrests, 1 Various other contacts, 89  

Excessive speed causes too many motor vehicle crashes that result in people being seriously injured or dying.

Speeding is an aggressive driving behavior that is consistently a contributing factor in more than one third of all fatal crashes across the state, according to ITD highway safety statistics.

"We want motorists to know that doing simple things like obeying traffic signs, waiting for other drivers, or just slowing down can save your life and the lives of others," said Cecilia Awusie, with ITD's Office of Highway Safety.

"Drivers must recognize what aggressive driving is, understand the risk, and know they will be ticketed if they choose to drive aggressively," said Lt. Haight of the ISP.  "Those occupants wearing a seatbelt during a speed-related crash increase their chance of survival greatly," says Lt. Haight.

Published 4-29-2011