Thursday, May 27, 2010

Safe Memorial Day Weekend

MAP Release
(Multi-Agency Partnership)
***For Immediate Release***
Date: May 27, 2010

Idaho State Police
Captain Clark Rollins or
Lieutenant Chris Schenck
Phone: (208) 772-6055

Washington State Patrol
Captain Jeffrey Otis or
Trooper Troy Briggs
Phone: (509) 993-2946

Montana Highway Patrol
Captain Tom Hamilton
Phone: (406) 531-3610

Tri-State Partnerships for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend

The Idaho State Police, the Montana Highway Patrol and the Washington State Patrol have partnered in our traffic safety efforts to ensure a safe Memorial weekend for Tri-State motorists. All three agencies will have every available trooper working as we are expecting increased traffic volumes including recreational vehicles, vehicles pulling trailers and motorcycles.

All three agencies are asking for the public’s cooperation to stay alert and drive with caution. Impaired driving, aggressive driving, dangerous speeds and occupant restraint violations will be strictly enforced. Please remember to buckle up, wear your motorcycle safety equipment, obey the posted speed limits and never drink and drive. With the start of summer also comes the start of the road construction season so please plan your trip accordingly and allow yourself extra time to arrive at your destination safely.

Increased law enforcement presence also increases your chance of encountering troopers on traffic stops. Please be diligent and adhere to the “Move Over Law” that requires motorists to move over when applicable or slow down for emergency vehicles when their lights are flashing. Our goal is to prevent serious injury and fatal collisions during this holiday weekend. We will continue to be proactive in our efforts to keep these tragedies from occurring, but we need your help. Please report dangerous drivers as soon as you can safely do so by calling 911. In Idaho you can also call *477.
Together we can all have a safe and enjoyable weekend

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