Valley and Oneida recognized for zero fatalities in 2016            

A goal of zero fatalities on our highways at times can seem difficult or even impossible – but two Idaho counties show it can be done. Valley County in southwestern Idaho and Oneida County in southeastern Idaho had zero traffic-related deaths in 2016. 

Sheriffs, commissioners and Idaho State Police troopers from both counties were presented awards from the Office of Highway Safety at recent board meetings in District 3 and District 5.

“These are major accomplishments,” said ITD Highway Safety Manager John Tomlinson. “The real reward is keeping families whole and getting people where they need to go safely.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94 percent of all crashes are caused by human error. Tomlinson says if we are to reach the goal of zero fatalities, it will take all of us working together.

“We can all do something to help,” Tomlinson said. “It could be as simple as wearing a seat belt, putting away your phone or slowing down. Highway safety is something we are all responsible for – Oneida and Valley Counties are proof zero fatalities can become a reality.”

Published 07-14-17