Increased patrols in Kootenai County focus on reducing fatal car crashes

Increased patrols in Kootenai County focus on reducing fatal car crashes

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, along with over 40 state and local law enforcement agencies across Idaho, are increasing patrols starting Friday and continuing through August 4.

The increase in patrols is to prevent fatal and serious car crashes during the deadliest days of summer driving. The 100 Deadliest Days occur between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays.

“The 100 Deadliest Days mobilization aims to educate drivers about making good decisions such as paying attention, obeying speed limits, wearing seat belts, and never driving when impaired by alcohol or drugs,” said Josephine Middleton, from the Office of Highway Safety.

94 percent of traffic crashes can be tied back to human behavior and bad decisions made by at least one party involved, according to research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The top three contributing factors for crashes in Idaho are aggressive driving, distracted driving, and impaired driving.

Additionally, not wearing a seat belt significantly increased your chances of being killed or injured in a crash. Between 2011 and 2015, 58 percent of all Idaho crash fatalities involved individuals not wearing a seat belt.

“Crashes can be prevented if we make good choices when behind the wheel,” Middleton said.

The 100 Deadliest Days mobilization is funded by the Office of Highway Safety as part of their Towards Zero Deaths goal to eliminate traffic deaths.