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;MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH
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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative designed to encourage drivers of all other kinds of vehicles and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other.
 
 
 
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'''AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS'''
Now that warmer weather has is right around the corner, motorcyclists will soon be out in force.  Drivers of cars, trucks and buses are reminded to look out for and share the road with motorcycle riders, and motorcycle riders are reminded to obey traffic laws, wear DOT-compliant helmets and other protective gear, and make themselves visible by wearing bright colors and using reflective tape.
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Increasing safe riding and cooperation between all road users and motorcyclists will help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.
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;The Facts
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Motorcycles are among the smallest and most vulnerable vehicles on the road and riders are at greater risk of death and serious injury than other vehicle operators if they are involved in a crash.  In fact, according to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), per vehicle mile, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of cars, and 5 times more likely to be injured. 
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;WHO ARE THEY?
  
NHTSA’s latest statistics bear out this unfortunate fact. In 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists died on America’s roads, accounting for 14 percent of total highway deaths despite motorcycle registrations representing only about 3 percent of all vehicles in the country.
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;Here's what we know about them:
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*These high risk drivers climb into the anonymity of an automobile and take out their frustrations on anybody at any time.
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*For them, frustration levels are high, and level of concern for fellow motorists is low.
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*They run stop signs and red lights, speed, tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, pass on the right, make improper and unsafe lane changes, make hand and facial gestures, scream, honk, and flash their lights.
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*They drive at speeds far in excess of the norm which causes them to: follow too closely, change lanes frequently and abruptly without notice (signals), pass on the shoulder or unpaved portions of the roadway, and leer at and/or threaten - verbally or through gestures - motorists who are thoughtless enough to be in front of them.
  
Despite historical declines in automobile fatalities, motorcycle deaths have increased every year for 13 of the past 14 years, except 2009 which saw a decline.  
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;WHEN CONFRONTED BY AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS:
 
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*First and foremost make every attempt to get out of their way.
 
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*Put your pride in the back seat. Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
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*Wear your seat belt. It will it hold you in your seat and behind the wheel in case you need to make an abrupt driving maneuver and it will protect you in a crash.
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*Avoid eye contact.
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*Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
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*Report aggressive drivers to the appropriate authorities by providing a vehicle description, license number, location, and if possible, direction of travel.
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*If you have a "Cell" phone, and can do it safely, call the police.
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*If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash farther down the road, stop a safe distance from the crash scene, wait for the police to arrive and report the driving behavior that you witnessed.
  
Motorists and motorcyclists have a common responsibility to share the road together in a safe, courteous and conscientious manner.  Drivers need to be on the lookout for motorcyclists at all times, signal all lane changes and turns,  and constantly be checking mirrors and blind spots before proceeding. Drivers must be fully focused and alert to the road, and in control of their vehicles at all times by never driving impaired by alcohol, drugs or distraction.
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;Avoid the challenges or confrontations of an aggressive driver and support law enforcement's efforts to rid the streets and highways of this menace.
  
Riders should obey all traffic laws, be properly licensed, use reflective tape and stickers to increase their conspicuous, and always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet and other proper protective equipment. Like their motorist counterparts, motorcyclists should never ride while impaired or distracted.
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;Montpelier – The Idaho Transportation Department is partnering with the Montpelier police department and other law enforcement agencies across Idaho to make highways safer by funding high visibility aggressive driving patrols April 1 – 12.
  
Together, motorists and motorcyclists can work together to keep each other and our roads safe for everyone, not only in May, but all year long.  Additional information about safe motorcycle riding can be found at [http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles the NHTSA web site].
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;During the aggressive driving campaign, Idaho law enforcement officers will increase enforcement of speed limits and traffic laws.
  
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;Drivers must recognize what aggressive driving is, understand the risk, and know they will be ticketed if they choose to drive aggressively,” ''Chief Butler''

Latest revision as of 02:59, 18 April 2016

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Contact
Chief Russ Roper
534 Washington Street
Montpelier, ID 83254
Work: 208-847-4237
Fax : 208-847-1346
russr@montpelierpd.com
www.montpelierpd.com




AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS


WHO ARE THEY?
Here's what we know about them
  • These high risk drivers climb into the anonymity of an automobile and take out their frustrations on anybody at any time.
  • For them, frustration levels are high, and level of concern for fellow motorists is low.
  • They run stop signs and red lights, speed, tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, pass on the right, make improper and unsafe lane changes, make hand and facial gestures, scream, honk, and flash their lights.
  • They drive at speeds far in excess of the norm which causes them to: follow too closely, change lanes frequently and abruptly without notice (signals), pass on the shoulder or unpaved portions of the roadway, and leer at and/or threaten - verbally or through gestures - motorists who are thoughtless enough to be in front of them.
WHEN CONFRONTED BY AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS
  • First and foremost make every attempt to get out of their way.
  • Put your pride in the back seat. Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
  • Wear your seat belt. It will it hold you in your seat and behind the wheel in case you need to make an abrupt driving maneuver and it will protect you in a crash.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
  • Report aggressive drivers to the appropriate authorities by providing a vehicle description, license number, location, and if possible, direction of travel.
  • If you have a "Cell" phone, and can do it safely, call the police.
  • If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash farther down the road, stop a safe distance from the crash scene, wait for the police to arrive and report the driving behavior that you witnessed.
Avoid the challenges or confrontations of an aggressive driver and support law enforcement's efforts to rid the streets and highways of this menace.
Montpelier – The Idaho Transportation Department is partnering with the Montpelier police department and other law enforcement agencies across Idaho to make highways safer by funding high visibility aggressive driving patrols April 1 – 12.
During the aggressive driving campaign, Idaho law enforcement officers will increase enforcement of speed limits and traffic laws.
Drivers must recognize what aggressive driving is, understand the risk, and know they will be ticketed if they choose to drive aggressively,” Chief Butler