Barbecues, fireworks, family and friends, that’s how many of us plan on celebrating Independence Day. But the Idaho State Police wants you to focus on safety, especially on our roads. Historically, the fourth of July is one of the deadliest travel days.
AAA says more than 3,000,000 residents in the Mountain West will be traveling 50 miles or more for Independence Day, and most of it will be done in the heat.
“Because of the severe temperatures, often times we’ll have vehicles overheating or tires blowing out,” said Sergeant Manning of the Idaho State Police. “And so it’s important to make sure your vehicle is in good shape and also to carry some extra water with you.”
Authorities are asking drivers to take extra precautions, especially before heading out on long trips. In an effort to make sure everyone is being safe, ISP will have just about everyone out on July 3.
“It’s operation All Hands on Deck and the focus of the operation is to have every available trooper that’s working that day or night to be on patrol,” continued Manning.
ISP will also be looking for people violating Idaho’s texting while driving law and if you are caught, you’ll have to explain it to a judge.
“In a split second you can be off the road and horrible things can happen,” said Manning. “It’s just not worth texting and driving or being distracted while you are driving. If you need to make a call or do something in the car, then you need to pull over and do it safely.”
All non-critical personnel will be patrolling the highways on July 3. This includes the Colonel and other staff at the ISP headquarters.