BPD to Increase Focus on Traffic Safety in 2020

January 16, 2020

A 2020 goal for the Boise Police Department focuses on the fact that traffic safety is key to neighborhood safety.  Officers across the city will be paying increased attention to traffic violations at major intersections, school zones and neighborhoods.

While most Boise residents feel that Boise is a safe city, a 2018 Boise Citizen Survey showed that the biggest concern regarding crime was traffic offenses. Specifically, survey results mentioned speeding and running red lights or stop signs.  Our officers also hear traffic concerns from the community almost daily.  In FY2019 Boise Police traffic enforcement officers responded to over 190 requests from community members looking for help with traffic control in their neighborhoods.   Officers also issued over 30,000 traffic citations.

Top 5 Traffic Violations

  1. Speeding
  2. Following too closely
  3. Stop sign/Yield violations
  4. Wide Turns
  5. Red light violations

Most Boise drivers follow the law because it’s the right thing to do.  Enforcement is just one way that the Boise Police Department hopes to make a change in driving behaviors.  Education and engineering solutions are also key.   Boise Police officers work with community partners including the Ada County Highway District, Idaho Transportation Department, developers, city leaders and many others to solve traffic related concerns.  Those concerns range from speed limits on certain streets, to landscaping issues, road design and traffic flow.

“There are around 4,000 traffic accidents in Boise every year. It’s up to all of us to make our roads a safe place for all road users,” said Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson.

Public education is also part of the plan and we ask all our media partners, business leaders and public safety advocates to encourage employees and the public to promote safe driving habits and awareness of traffic laws.

“The driving behaviors that concern us the most are distracted and aggressive driving,” said Boise Police Corporal Kyle Wills. “We really encourage residents to buckle up, put down the distractions, and drive safely so that we all make it home.”

Corporal Kyle Wills provides regular traffic tips and enforcement plans on his Twitter account.  You can follow him @kjwills652.  The Boise Police Department will also be sharing traffic trends, statistics and areas of enforcement for officers on its social media platforms.  Follow the hashtags #BoisePD #TrafficTipTuesday and #WatchOutWednesday.

BPD Facebook account www.facebook.com/BoisePoliceDepartment/

BPD Twitter account www.twitter.com/BoisePD

BPD Instagram account www.instagram.com/boisepolicedepartment

“BPD is committed to being responsive to citizen concerns and has made focusing on traffic safety a department goal for 2020,” said Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson. “Instead of waiting for an entire year to advise you on a total number of citations issued by department members, we are committed to giving you an accounting of the work we do for traffic safety along with mentioning neighborhoods we have visited.  We hope that by releasing that information on a more routine basis, we will create additional awareness and conversations in our community on the importance of complying with our established traffic regulations designed to keep all users of our streets safe.”

Additional Traffic Statistics and information.

Traffic laws and fines

Speeding

49-654(2)

$ 90.00 to 155.00

Driving too fast for conditions

49-654(1)

$ 90.00

Following too close

49-638

$ 90.00

Failure to yield right of way

49-807

$ 90.00

Passing stop signs

49-807(2)

$ 90.00

Disregarding signals

49-801

$ 90.00

Seatbelt violations

49-673(1)

$ 10.00

Crash Fatalities

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Vehicle vs Vehicle

0

5

2

1

3

3

Vehicle vs Motorcycle

3

4

0

8

0

1

Vehicle vs E-Scooter

0

0

0

0

0

1

Vehicle vs Bicycle

1

0

1

1

0

0

Vehicle vs Pedestrian

3

1

2

4

2

2

Total

7

10

5

14

5

7

Contact: Boise Police Media Relations

(208) 570-6180 | BPDMedialine@cityofboise.org

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