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'''Chief’s Message June 1, 2013'''
 
  
 
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;ITD, law enforcement partners rally against 100 Deadliest Days
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'''Summer Safety Tips''' ''PDF File''
 
  
:Nearly 70 percent of Americans, according to the American Red Cross, have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites to heat stroke and other life-threatening situations. Here is a file with some tips on how to keep you and your kids safe this summer.  
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Last year, 40 percent of Idaho's fatal motor-vehicle crashes occurred during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to ITD statistics.
  
[http://montpelierpd.com/MPDWiki/images/d/d3/Press_Release_Summer_Safety_Tips.pdf Summer Safety Tips PDF File]
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The time period between the two holidays, referred to as the "100 Deadliest Days," is when road conditions are at their best, but more lives are lost on Idaho roads than other times of the year due to vehicle crashes.
  
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That's why ITD's Office of Highway Safety (OHS), the Idaho State Police and local law enforcement agencies are working together to reverse this trend by increasing awareness of these "100 Deadliest Days" through education efforts and enforcement of driving laws, such as inattentive driving, impaired driving, speeding and use of safety restraints on Idaho's roads this summer.
  
;Summer is the peak season for lightning-related deaths and injuries, though people are struck by lightning year-round.  
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"Idaho's law enforcement asks drivers to slow down, pay attention, never drive impaired and to make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled-up at all times," said Idaho State Police Captain Sheldon Kelley. "The vast majority of crashes are preventable, if we all drive responsibly. Our goal is to get to zero deaths and to not have to tell another family that they have lost a loved one."
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:The National Weather Service provides a wide range of information about lightning, [http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/  including these facts and tips:]
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The enforcement efforts will be accompanied by a three-month, statewide public-information campaign funded by OHS to remind Idahoans that summer does not have to be the deadliest time for driving.
  
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There are four main factors that lead to serious injury and fatal crashes, explained Josephine Middleton, with ITD.
*No outdoor area is safe when you hear thunder.
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*If you hear thunder, find a safe indoor shelter (a substantial building or enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with the windows up).
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"The majority of our crashes happen when people choose to drive distracted, impaired or use excessive speed," said Middleton. "When we combine any of these behaviors with not buckling-up, we are at an even greater risk of fatal and serious injury when we crash."
*Stay off corded phones, computers, and other electrical equipment.
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*Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets.
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*Stay away from porches, windows, and doors.
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*Never lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
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Kelley added that the public may report distracted or impaired drivers to ISP from their mobile phones by dialing *ISP (*477). He also reminded drivers to be safe and let a passenger make that call.
:No outdoor area is safe during a thunderstorm, but if you're caught outside with no safe shelter options,
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:take these steps to reduce your risk of being struck by lightning:
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*Come down from elevated areas.
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*Never lie flat on the ground.
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*Never shelter under an isolated tree.
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*Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
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*Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
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*Stay away from objects that conduct electricity, such as wire fences.
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;Read some interesting myths and [http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/facts_truth.htm facts about lightning.]
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In the past five years (2010-2014), 328 people were killed on Idaho roads during the "100 Deadliest Days" time period.

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ITD, law enforcement partners rally against 100 Deadliest Days

Last year, 40 percent of Idaho's fatal motor-vehicle crashes occurred during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to ITD statistics.

The time period between the two holidays, referred to as the "100 Deadliest Days," is when road conditions are at their best, but more lives are lost on Idaho roads than other times of the year due to vehicle crashes.

That's why ITD's Office of Highway Safety (OHS), the Idaho State Police and local law enforcement agencies are working together to reverse this trend by increasing awareness of these "100 Deadliest Days" through education efforts and enforcement of driving laws, such as inattentive driving, impaired driving, speeding and use of safety restraints on Idaho's roads this summer.

"Idaho's law enforcement asks drivers to slow down, pay attention, never drive impaired and to make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled-up at all times," said Idaho State Police Captain Sheldon Kelley. "The vast majority of crashes are preventable, if we all drive responsibly. Our goal is to get to zero deaths and to not have to tell another family that they have lost a loved one."

The enforcement efforts will be accompanied by a three-month, statewide public-information campaign funded by OHS to remind Idahoans that summer does not have to be the deadliest time for driving.

There are four main factors that lead to serious injury and fatal crashes, explained Josephine Middleton, with ITD.

"The majority of our crashes happen when people choose to drive distracted, impaired or use excessive speed," said Middleton. "When we combine any of these behaviors with not buckling-up, we are at an even greater risk of fatal and serious injury when we crash."

Kelley added that the public may report distracted or impaired drivers to ISP from their mobile phones by dialing *ISP (*477). He also reminded drivers to be safe and let a passenger make that call.

In the past five years (2010-2014), 328 people were killed on Idaho roads during the "100 Deadliest Days" time period.