POCATELLO, ID – Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner and the Idaho State Police wants to remind motorists to stay safe during their travels.
Many local law enforcement agencies including ISP have partnered with the Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety for the upcoming Seatbelt Mobilization Patrol. During these patrols, officers will have zero tolerance for non-seatbelt usage including passengers. Agencies will also be gearing up for extra D.U.I. patrols during the holiday weekend, so please don’t drink and drive.
ISP reminds motorists to stay alert while driving, slow down and leave early to arrive on time. ISP also wants to remind motorists to turn off their cell phones while driving. This will help to reduce the distraction while driving and help assure that your attention is focused on the road.
If you need to make a call pull over or off the highway and take the few minutes to make the call. This simple decision could save you and your family from disaster. This has been the cause on many crashes this year including fatalities. ISP also asks that you buckle up and to make sure you secure your children in a proper car seat.
While out traveling this upcoming holiday weekend here are a few tips to remind you to stay safe
1. Stay focused on your driving
- Keep all of your attention on driving at all times.
- Use defensive driving techniques, be aware of what others around you are doing, and always expect the unexpected.
- If you must use a cell phone while driving, make sure you are using a hands free device.
2. Practice safe driving tips
- Build time into your trip schedule to stop for food, rest breaks and phone calls or other business.
- Adjust your seat, mirrors and climate controls before putting the car in gear.
3. Prioritize car safety
- Secure cargo that may move around while the vehicle is in motion. Don’t attempt to retrieve items that fall to the floor.
- Have items needed within easy reach, such as toll fees, toll cards and garage passes.
4. Make the time for driving safety
- Pull over to eat or drink. It takes only a few minutes.
- Practice defensive driving and give yourself time to react. Keep a 2-5 second cushion between you and the car in front of you and 5-10 seconds if the weather is bad.
5. Slow down
- Don’t speed − it gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.
- Always wear your seat belt and drive sober and drug-free.