100 Deadliest Days begin on Idaho roads
Memorial Day weekend is upon us and with it, the unofficial beginning of summer. The holiday has become synonymous with campouts and barbecues as many Idahoans enjoy an extended weekend with family and friends. The holiday also marks the beginning of the most dangerous season on our roads.
Buckle up. Seat belts have a 50 percent effective rate of preventing a serious or fatal injury. By clicking your seat belt you are significantly increasing your odds of surviving a crash.
Drive sober. In 2017, impaired driving was a factor in nearly one in three fatal crashes. Taxis, ride shares and designated drivers have made it easier than ever to get a sober ride home.
Drive kind. More than half of all traffic crashes in Idaho in 2017 involved some sort of aggressive behavior. These include speeding, tailgating, failing to signal a turn, and many more behaviors. Give yourself time to safely arrive and please be aware of drivers around you.
Drive engaged. Distracted driving is a growing problem on our roads. Distractions are everywhere and can easily take our mind off the road. Make the decision to be an engaged driver and focus on the drive.
Drive alert. Days are longer and the sun can drain your energy making you drowsy behind the wheel – this could slow your reaction time and affect your ability to safely operate your vehicle. If you start to feel drowsy behind the wheel, stop and rest.
Throughout the summer, highway safety professionals will take part in media campaigns and enforcement efforts to prevent crashes. Those efforts are an important factor in keeping our roads safe but what’s more important is drivers making the decision to do the right thing every time they get behind the wheel.