Emphasis Patrols in Idaho Target Aggressive Drivers - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Emphasis Patrols in Idaho Target Aggressive Drivers

POST FALLS, Idaho - Experts say approximately 7 million car crashes occur in the United states every year, with the majority linked to aggressive driving.

Which is why law enforcement in Northern Idaho will be focused on stopping the small things that can cause big problems on the road.

Motorists in all 50 states have killed or injured other motorists for seemingly trivial reasons. Maybe it's going too fast, coasting through stop sign, or changing lanes without looking. Bottom line, they are crashes that can be avoided.

"Hey the reason I stopped you today is you were doing 45 in a 35 zone," said Senior Patrol Officer Troy Moss with the Post Falls Police Department as he invited a driver to take a Driving Education Course rather than issuing a ticket.

Officer Moss is one of the many officers in Northern Idaho participating in an aggressive driving mobilization through the 26th of July.

As that driver found out, they're not making any exceptions when it comes to aggressive driving, which is defined as failure to yield the right of way, stop sign violations, exceeding posted speed limits, reckless driving, tail-gating, and disregarding traffic signs or signals.

Aggressive driving is a contributing factor for somewhere in the neighborhood of 54% of all crashes, and costs tax payers more than 1.3 billion dollars in Idaho. So anything we can do to reduce that number is going to end up saving people money and lives in the long run," said Officer Moss.

Aggressive driving is the highest single contributing factor in both injury and fatal crashes. In 2008, aggressive driving was a contributing factor of 100 fatalities in Idaho.

 
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