Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Day Driving Safety Reminders

Memorial Day weekend is not only a time to reflect and honor our veterans, but also a time when many Idahoans take to the road to enjoy the unofficial kick-off of summer.  During Memorial Day weekend in 2012, there were 129 crashes on Idaho roads with 81 persons injured and 2 fatalities.  The Idaho State Police offer some safety reminders to drivers to ensure that this holiday is safe for everybody on the road.
  • Wear Your Seatbelt 
The “Click It, Don’t Risk It” seatbelt enforcement mobilization, in cooperation with the Idaho Transportation Department and the Office of Highway Safety, runs May 20th through June 2nd.  ISP and local law enforcement officers will be stringently enforcing Idaho’s seatbelt law around the clock.  The use of seatbelts saves thousands of lives across America each year. Drivers with children are also reminded to make sure all children are in age-appropriate safety seats and children under 12 are in the back seat. 
  • Designate a Driver 
Alcohol and driving is always a bad mix.  Every day, nearly 30 people in the U.S. die in a motor-vehicle crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver.  Designate a driver before anybody in your party drinks. 
  • Allow Enough Time to Get There 
ISP reminds motorists to slow down and leave early to arrive on time.  If you allow yourself enough time to get from place to place you will reduce any tendency to speed, tailgate, violate traffic signals, weave in and out of traffic or engage in other aggressive driving practices. 
  • Stay Alert and Avoid Distractions 
Get enough sleep before driving and avoid distractions such as cell phones.  This will help assure that your attention is focused on the road.  Sleep deprivation and fatigue can cause lapses in attention, slowed awareness and impaired judgement. Don’t text and drive. It isn’t just dangerous, it is illegal. 
  • Share The Road 
All of us who use Idaho’s roadways must keep in mind the other users including motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.  Motorists are reminded to look twice for motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians and allow safe distances when passing them.
  • Move Over 
ISP reminds motorists to observe the "Move Over" law, which requires motorists to slow down and move over, if possible, when approaching a stationary police or authorized emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights.  Every year there are a number of public safety personnel that are killed nationwide when parked on the side of the road during the course of their duties.  The “Move Over” law helps protect those who risk their lives protecting the public.