100 Deadliest Days of Summer is off to a tragic start

The number of fatal crashes on Idaho’s roads since memorial day is up 150% since last year
Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:23 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:24 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — According to the Idaho State Police, there have been 17 fatal crashes since Memorial Day throughout the state of Idaho.

Idaho state police says, they want drivers to understand just how important it is to focus on the task at hand while behind the wheel.

“It’s something that, when you have to show up as a trooper investigating a crash when we have to show up to a family’s house to deliver a death notification, it’s one of the worst things of our job,” said Captain Dave Neth with the Idaho State Police.

The number of fatal crashes on Idaho’s roads since memorial day is up 150% since last year, and Idaho State Police is hoping this trend doesn’t continue throughout the summer.

“We’ve had a lot of personal injury crashes, and a lot of them have been fatal crashes, it’s a very high number,” said Neth.

He says many of the crashes have been caused by impairment and distracted driving, which is doing anything that takes your attention away from the task at hand.

“Driving intentionally, and when we are in our cars, we need to be driving,” said Neth.

The Idaho Transportation Department says summer is the busiest season on the roads, with people out of school, families are taking road trips or day trips with their friends.

“It’s just a time when everyone really should make those safe decisions behind the wheel, because you can’t control what other people are doing, but you can control your own actions,” said Jillian Garigues with the Idaho Transportation Department.

Idaho State Police says many of the crashes they see could have been avoided if drivers got behind the wheel of a car, and just drove.

“Vehicle collisions, and especially fatalities, are something that affects everybody in the community, and when I say everybody I mean obviously it affects the family tremendously, they lose a loved one in a crash, but it also can affect the first responders, it can affect the people that are investigating the crash, the people who respond to the crash, the tow truck drivers, your friends your neighbors,” said Neth.

Idaho State Police also reminds drivers that the state of Idaho has been a hands-free while driving state since July of 2020, which means using your phone in any capacity while behind the wheel of a car is illegal.

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