Impaired driving and highway safety among board monthly review
After a combined tour of Districts 5 and 6, including a visit to the Teton Valley May 20, the board conducted its business meeting in Pocatello May 21. The board heard discussions on drugged driving, highway-safety performance, a pair of public-transit appointments and a review of the D5 annual report.
Drugged driving and drug recognition expertise
If a law enforcement officer is suspicious of drug impairment, an evaluation by trained personnel can be requested. The evaluation takes approximately 45 minutes. Tests are used to determine impairment. An opinion on impairment and the cause of the impairment is then submitted, which can strengthen a case.
Highway Safety performance plan
The document is required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It identifies the state’s most critical driver-related highway-safety problems and proposes projects to address them. The goal of the program is to eliminate highway fatalities, serious injuries and economic losses resulting from traffic crashes by implementing programs to address driver behaviors.
A variety of projects is recommended for funding, including public-service announcements and other paid media campaigns, overtime for law enforcement officers to allow their participation in mobilization efforts, and distribution of child-passenger safety seats. The Alive at 25 program targetting young drivers also was advocated, as was training for Emergency Medical Services providers and hosting the Highway Safety Summit.
District 5 annual report
The district has completed its review to determine what positions and job skills will be required in 2020. The 2020 organizational plan calls for 142 positions. The district currently has 145 employees.
Public Transportation Advisory Council (PTAC) appointments
The incumbent, a retired George Eskridge, was re-appointed to the District 1 PTAC seat. Eskridge has a bachelor's degree in business administration. He has been involved in various community organizations — the chamber of commerce, American Legion Youth Baseball program, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fraternal Order of Eagles — and served seven terms in the Idaho legislature.
Kevin Dugan, from Fairfield, was selected as the District 4 PTAC member. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing and is employed with Western Energy, which provides distribution and consulting for commercial-grade solar electric, energy efficiency and water-conservation projects for business and agriculture markets in Idaho, Nevada and California.