Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Media Advisory - "100 Deadliest Days of Driving" and "Toward Zero Deaths" event, Friday June 2, 3-5 p.m. - Idaho State Police HQ in Meridian

Media Advisory
Contact: Timothy Marsano, Public Information Officer, Idaho State Police
700 S. Stratford Dr.
Meridian, ID 83642

"100 Deadliest Days of Driving" and "Toward Zero Deaths" event, Friday June 2 from 3-5 p.m., Idaho State Police HQ in Meridian
Idaho has now entered the "100 Deadliest Days of Driving," the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year. In 2016, 85 people died on Idaho's roadways during that timeframe and hundreds more were injured. Local and State law enforcement agencies are teaming up to educate Idahoans on the best ways to arrive alive at your destination.
Idaho law enforcement agencies want to remind drivers of the simple things that can save your life and the lives of your loved ones. In coordination with the Idaho Transportation Department, we are working toward zero traffic deaths.
- Buckle up - it's the best defense if you're in a crash
- Slow down, be patient. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you're going.
- Drive sober! Impaired driving is a leading cause of crashes and resulting injuries and deaths on our roadways. Law enforcement will be watching closely this summer for signs of impaired driving.
- Just drive. Put down your phone and other distractions such as food.
- Give yourself some distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Use the three-second rule.
- Promptly report suspected impaired drivers and other hazardous drivers to law enforcement. On your mobile phone, dial *ISP (*477) or just dial 9-1-1.
Media representatives will have the opportunity to come to ISP Headquarters in Meridian to observe simulated impaired drivers and other demonstrations on our drivers' training track.
When: Friday, June 2, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Where: ISP Headquarters, 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian, Idaho. Meet PIO Tim Marsano outside, in front of the main ISP Headquarters Building; I will take you to the event.
What: Reporters will see demonstrations of
- Distracted driving
- Driving through slalom course while (simulated) impaired
- A competition between members of the public and law enforcement - who can get into their vehicles and click into their seatbelts faster?
- Display of Office of Highway Safety-sponsored race car with Toward Zero Highway Deaths logo
- Pledge of participants not to drive distracted or impaired
Who: We anticipate having representatives of many Idaho law enforcement agencies from the Treasure Valley area, as well as a number of youths to participate in the demonstrations.
Agencies planning on participating include:
- Boise Police Dept.
- Idaho State Police
- Idaho Transportation Dept.
- Mountain Home Police Dept.
- Elmore County Sheriff's Office
- Canyon County Sheriff's Office
- Nampa Police Dept.
- Meridian Police Dept.
- Ada County Sheriff's Office
- Middleton Police Dept.
- Garden City Police Dept.
- Caldwell Police Dept.
- Owyhee County Sheriff's Office
Note: TV reporters may remain on the ISP campus into the evening for live shots, should they choose to do so.