Drivers reaching triple-digit speeds are a growing trend in the Treasure Valley

Posted at 4:01 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 18:01:40-04

BOISE, Idaho — The interstate and side streets across the state might appear emptier than usual because of COVID-19.

Over in the Treasure Valley, traffic might look sparse, but local police officers are growing concerned over a startling trend among drivers.

Corporal Kyle Wills of Boise Police Department tells Idaho News 6 in two weeks he’s seen a noticeable uptick in speeding, triple-digit speeding.

Corporal Wills shared images on his Instagram and Twitter accounts documenting one driver moving at 119mph. Wills, a veteran cop, tells us that 119mph is the fastest vehicle he’s ever pulled over as a police officer.

Wills reminds drivers that even though roads may appear empty, you must always consider, “if you lose control of your vehicle at 120 miles per hour and go through a center median, you could face oncoming traffic going the speed limit at 65 mph. If you crash, you will have a combined closing speed of nearly 200 mph.” Adding that a crash at those closing speeds, “will almost certainly be fatal.”

Wills says that it’s always better to show up late than not to show up at all. Boise Police and the Idaho Office of Highway Safety are working together to add more officers and patrol units to reduce the number of local triple-digit speed offenders.