Monday, May 24, 2010


Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner and the Idaho State Police wants to remind motorists to stay safe during their travels. Many local law enforcement agencies including ISP have partnered with the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of Highway Safety for the upcoming Seatbelt Mobilization Patrol. During these patrols, officers will have zero tolerance for non-seatbelt usage including passengers. According to ITD, Eastern Idaho has the lowest rate of seatbelt usage and the Mobilization Patrol is one of the keys to increase usage. Agencies will also be gearing up for extra D.U.I. patrols during the holiday weekend, so please don't drink and drive.

ISP reminds motorists to observe the "Move Over Law", which requires motorists to slow down and move over if possible when approaching a stationary Authorized Emergency Vehicle displaying flashing lights. Every year there are a number of police officers that are killed nationwide while parked on the side of the road during the course of their duties. The Move Over Law helps protect the law enforcement officers and emergency service personnel who risk their lives protecting the public.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Idaho Transportation Department is partnering with Idaho STAR and the Idaho Highway Safety Coalition for Motorcycle Safety to encourage drivers to be extra alert and cautious when driving to help keep motorcycle riders safe. The Seatbelt Mobilization, Move Over Law and Motorcycle Safety Awareness are all part of Idaho's "Toward Zero Deaths - Every Life Counts" campaign.

For on-camera interviews or a ride-along, contact:

Lt. Chris Weadick OR Lt. Ismael Gonzales
Idaho State Police Idaho State Police
Idaho Falls Pocatello
208-525-7377 208-236-6466