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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Statewide Emphasis Patrol Looks For Aggressive Driveres

This is your official notice that a statewide emphasis campaign is underway to target agressive drivers. The Idaho Transportation Department is teaming with law enforcement agencies across the state to look for people who tailgate, change lanes without warning, speed, run red lights or stop signs, and follow too closely.

Aggressive driving is apparently a pretty serious problem in Idaho, particularly in rural areas where higher speed limits are usually in place and more than two-thirds of fatal aggressive driving crashes occur.

The economic cost of crashes involving aggressive driving was close to $1.5 billion in 2008, which represents nearly half of the total costs of all crashes in Idaho, according to ITD. On average, more than 100 people die as a result of aggressive driving crashes each year in Idaho.

The aggressive driving campaign lasts through April 12. 12.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

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