Officer on a Bus
We often see police officers in their squad cars, riding motorcycles, and sometimes on horseback now Boise police officers are taking busses to keep our roads safe. The Office of Highway Safety and the Boise Police Department are teaming up to take on distracted driving by putting an officer on a bus.
During the month of March officers would ride through traffic watching for drivers using their cell phones from the back of a bus. Once a violator was spotted – they radioed ahead to other officers who would issue the citation.
“People just weren’t paying attention, “said Boise Police Corporal Kyle Wills. “They were truly driving distracted.”
This mobilization is part of an effort to educate drivers about the risks of distracted driving as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In 2014 there were 4,781 distracted driving crashes in the state causing 39 deaths and 3,243 injuries.
During the mobilization period officers issued more than cited more than 400 people for texting and driving, seatbelt violations, and speeding.
"We really want people to think twice before engaging in any behavior that takes their attention away from the roadway putting everyone else at risk," said Wills, "Slow down and pay attention to the road!"