1540 FOOTE DRIVE
IDAHO FALLS ID 83402
DON'T TURN THANKSGIVING INTO A TRAGEDY THIS YEAR
BUCKLE UP. EVERY TRIP. EVERY TIME.
The Idaho State Police and local Law Enforcement Agencies are reminding motorist to prepare for heavy traffic around the Thanksgiving Holiday and to ensure they are buckled up during their travels.
Seat belts have saved more lives than any other single piece of automotive safety equipment, but in order for them to work, they have to be used. This Thanksgiving, and every day and night of the year, make sure you buckle up your seat belt and you'll have the opportunity to unbuckle that other belt at the feast table with your family and friends.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), night time is one of the more dangerous times on the road because seat belt use is traditionally lower. Of deaths at night during the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday period, over one-half (54%) did not have their seat belts fastened, while 49 percent in day-time crashes were not wearing seat belts. Research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.
The Idaho State Police will be partnering with local agencies for the upcoming Impaired Driving Mobilization Patrol. The Office of Highway Safety through the Idaho Transportation Department is providing federal funds for extra patrol coverage in an attempt to intercept and apprehend D.U.I. drivers. As a reminder, Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over.
For on-camera interviews or a ride-along, contact:
Sergeant Scott Zaugg
Idaho State Police
1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, ID