by Sharlyn Petit
The “100 Deadliest Days” between Memorial Day and Labor Day areunfortunately proving to be true for Idaho roads this summer. Now, the Idaho State Patrol is urging drivers to avoid distractions and pay attention to the road following a series of recent crashes.
From Memorial Day through July 29, troopers responded to 45 traffic fatalities (60% higher than the same time last year) and dozens of other injuries, many of which involved young drivers and passengers. With speed limits on some roads increasing to 80 miles per hour, shortened reaction times and loss of vehicle control have played a role in the crashes.
Common new-driver mistakes contributed to several of the crashes involving young drivers – cell phone distractions, risky choices, and driving too fast.
Idaho State Patrol says drivers can prevent many crashes by staying alert and making sure vehicles are properly maintained. And, as always, troopers remind drivers to wear their seatbelts, and stay out of the driver’s seat if impaired in any way. Officers hope that by working together to promote safer driving, everyone can finish the summer better that it started.
Read more at the Idaho State Journal online.