Vehicles on the road

Vehicles on the road

The 100 Deadliest Days of Driving is off to a much better start this year across Eastern Idaho.

This is the time period beginning on Memorial Day and continuing through Labor Day where there are more deaths from car accidents than usual.

According to Idaho State Police in District 5 which includes Pocatello, there have been no fatalities so far but in District 6 which includes Idaho Falls, there has been one fatal crash which included two fatalities.

Distracted driving is the biggest thing that Idaho State Police are seeing from drivers.

Lieutenant Mike Winans, Patrol Lieutenant at Idaho State Police District 5 said, "One of our biggest distractors is cell phones. Everyone has one and for whatever reason people get distracted while they're driving. Their attention should be on the road ahead of them and not on the digital devices that are in their vehicle. So if we can eliminate those distractions, we'd be a lot better off."

Idaho State Police also remind drivers to wear their seat belt at all times as it will increase their rate of survival in a crash by 50%.

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