They call them the "100 deadliest days on Idaho roads." The stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day offers plenty of enjoyment for families, but law enforcement know that the same period is the deadliest time for crashes on Idaho roads, in spite of the fact that road conditions are often at their best.
And in spite of the fact that Ada, Boise and Canyon counties contain just one-third of the state's population, the same region accounts for 50 percent of all bicycle and pedestrian crashes, 39 percent of motorcycle crashes and 38 percent of aggressive crashes. The three counties also account for 32 percent of impaired crashes.
"We'll be looking for anyone driving impaired, driving distracted or driving aggressively," said Sgt. Kyle Christensen of the Boise Police Department.
And Sgt. Matt Pavelek of the Nampa Police Department said his colleagues will be equipped with laser equipment to detect if some motorists are driving too close to one another.
"For those to drive in an unsafe manner like tailgating, they risk a ticket," said Pavelek, who added the three-second rule should be used by drivers to keep a reasonable and safe following distance.
Law enforcement in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, the Ada County and Canyon County Sheriff's offices, and the Idaho State Police will all be stepping up with extra law enforcement patrols this summer.