Officers to drivers: Say no to distractions

Posted at 9:33 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 23:33:04-04

Officers from law enforcement agencies around the Treasure Valley joined forces at the ISP training track Friday, to educate teens and simulate the dangers of distracted driving.

The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are statistically the most dangerous days to drive on Idaho roads, coining the term "The 100 Deadliest Days". More summer travel means more drivers on the road, leading to more accidents resulting in death or serious injuries.

"Law enforcement [agencies are] working together to try to reduce those fatalities, reduce the serious injury crashes that we have," Corporal Kyle Wills from the Boise Police Department said.

Teens from nearby school also took part in simulation activities to demonstrate what it's like to get behind the wheel while intoxicated or facing several distractions.

Officers from different departments also got in on the learning, taking a little friendly competition to the track.

They were timed driving through a course with no distractions, then compared that to a lap around the course while trying to send as many texts as possible.

"What we found is either you can drive quickly or you can text a lot and drive slow," Wills said.