BPD stages car crash to show dangers of impaired or distracted driving

July 25, 2022


Every summer, first responders see an increase in the number of car crashes due to impaired or distracted driving. So far this summer, 47 people have died on Idaho roads, with seven of those fatalities happening in the last two weeks.

As we reach the middle of the “100 deadliest days of summer” Boise Police, Idaho State Police and the Idaho Transportation Department crashed some old cars donated by B and W Towing to help demonstrate what can happen when drivers make dangerous decisions. It also showed just how important it is to wear your seatbelts properly. So, before you hit the road this summer, remember to buckle up, slow down, ignore distractions you may have inside of your vehicle, and keep your attention on the road.

Child Restraint Recommendations by Age and Size

Rear Facing Seat

  • To 2 years of age, or until the highest weight and height limit allowed by the car seat manufacturer.

Forward Facing Seat

  • To upper height and weight limits of car seat, approximately 4 years and 40-65 pounds.
  • The top tether should be used until child weighs 40 pounds.

Booster Seat

  • From approximately 4 to at least 8 years old or 4’9”
  • Use a high back or backless belt positioning booster
  • Lap-belt only seating positions should not be used with booster seat

Adult Seat Belt

  • Age 8 or older and at least 4’9”
  • Lap belt lays across upper thighs and shoulder belt across chest; knees bend at seat edge

Contact: Boise Police Media Relations


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