In Recent weeks, East Idaho has seen more than its normal share of accidents. It seems that every time we turn around an accident is occurring and altering the lives of members of our community forever.
“Not only have we had a lot of crashes lately, but they’ve been serious and that’s the thing that has been disturbing to all of us,” said Captain Dayley with the Idaho Sate Police.
With a rollover accident occurring just this morning in Pocatello and at least two individuals locally being struck head-on by a semi-truck, this is indeed disturbing. However, this time of year an increase in auto accidents is not uncommon.
Captain Dayley pointed out that, “Some of the things that we see typically as we approach the summer months is people will overextend themselves, they drive too far, they drive too fast, they drive too tired they do all those things in excess.”
While summer driving can be dangerous, there are precautions that can be taken to help the journey run more smoothly and safely.
Dayley gave noted tips to stay safe behind the wheel when he said to “Take frequent breaks don’t plan to drive too far because it can wear you down and you can get tired and get sleepy and that’s when accidents happen.”
One of the more unique driving hazards in our area in recent memory is the dust storm that occurred on highway 86 near American Falls. This type of hazard occurs when high winds and farming work create the perfect storm. When this happens, Captain Daly says that one must be sure to get out of the way of traffic and do something you might not expect.
Dayley outlined that , “If you do drive into one and you’re over taken by dust and it’s just thick we suggest that you get off of the road, turn off your hazard flashers and stay in your vehicle. Now some people may say, well why would I turn off my hazard flashers? What happens is that people are so disoriented in those conditions that they light they’ll see light and think I need to get over there and they’ll run into you.”
Captain Dayley added simply, “wear a seatbelt: they save lives.”