Idaho – MyImprov https://www.myimprov.com Defensive Driving Fri, 12 Apr 2019 01:37:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://www.myimprov.com/wp-content/uploads/logo-cts-smile.png Idaho – MyImprov https://www.myimprov.com 32 32 Idahoans Urged To Go ‘Hands-Free’ On Sept. 19 https://www.myimprov.com/idahoans-urged-to-go-hands-free-on-sept-19/ https://www.myimprov.com/idahoans-urged-to-go-hands-free-on-sept-19/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2012 02:05:50 +0000 http://www.myimprov.com/blog/?p=1081 Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter is encouraging all state drivers to respect the law and promise to stop texting while driving on Sept. 19. That date is part of a…

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hands-freeIdaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter is encouraging all state drivers to respect the law and promise to stop texting while driving on Sept. 19. That date is part of a nationwide campaign started by AT&T.

“Texting while driving is against the law, plain and simple. We embrace these education campaigns like ‘It Can Wait’ to help change people’s attitudes,” said Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter in a news release. “It’s up to you to make that commitment so that everyone can arrive safely.”

“Our goal is to save lives,” said Jason Olson, Director of External Affairs, AT&T Idaho. “I hear from far too many people whose lives have been forever changed by a texting-while-driving accident, and together, we want to spread the word about how deadly a single text can be. Texting and driving should be as unacceptable as drinking and driving.”

Idaho already has a statewide ban on texting while driving, as do more than two dozen other states. Recent efforts have been pushed by an assortment of driving safety experts, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

State legislators have heeded the calls for laws banning the use of handheld devices, specifically focused on texting and driving. So far federal legislators have avoided the calls for a nationwide ban and instead allowed the states deal with it the ways they feel is best for their citizens.

Among these efforts some private companies, such as AT&T, have stepped up their own efforts to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving in the hopes that they make a difference, and (likely) keep their customer base alive as long as possible.

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Idaho Teens Injured In Pick-Up Truck Crash https://www.myimprov.com/idaho-teens-injured-in-pick-up-truck-crash/ https://www.myimprov.com/idaho-teens-injured-in-pick-up-truck-crash/#respond Mon, 03 Sep 2012 18:05:01 +0000 http://www.myimprov.com/blog/?p=1050 Idaho State Police are investigating a Labor Day weekend crash which killed one local teen and injured five others, some seriously. According to the Idaho State Police not one of…

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pick-up truck crashIdaho State Police are investigating a Labor Day weekend crash which killed one local teen and injured five others, some seriously. According to the Idaho State Police not one of the six teenagers was wearing a seat belt in the pick-up truck prior to the crash. A preliminary report indicates the driver of the truck local control of the vehicle on a curve and all six people were ejected.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene, another was airlifted to a local hospital.

There has been a great deal of attention paid recently to the threat of distracted driving. So far 39 states have enacted some form of distracted driving law to keep drivers attention focused on the road ahead of them. All this attention on distracted driving is important to public safety, but it doesn’t mean we should forget about the lessons we have already learned about safe driving.

Every state in the Union now requires all passengers in a moving vehicle to be properly and securing buckled inside the vehicle. these laws were passed as a result of repeated studies which showed that vehicle passengers who were properly restrained suffered far fewer injuries in the event of a crash. In this case seat belts might have made a big difference in the outcome of this crash.

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Idaho Judge Arrested For DUI https://www.myimprov.com/idaho-judge-arrested-for-dui/ https://www.myimprov.com/idaho-judge-arrested-for-dui/#respond Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:52:01 +0000 http://www.myimprov.com/blog/?p=1031 In what might become the pinnacle achievement of his life, an A southwest Idaho district court judge has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. According…

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duiIn what might become the pinnacle achievement of his life, an A southwest Idaho district court judge has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to multiple Idaho Press-Tribune reports 3rd District Court Judge Renae Hoff was arrested early Saturday morning in Meridian, Idaho, and taken to the Ada County Jail. She was released the next morning on bond pending a trial. According to police records she registered a .08 on a breathalyzer test administered at the Meridian Police Department. Oh, how she likely felt the sting of that that breathalyzer test like so many before her.

There is a lesson to be learned here, and it’s not a “gotcha” lesson. It’s a simple fact: we’re all human. We all possess the same ability to make mistakes; to demonstrate poor judgement, experience ‘bad luck’ and suffer the consequences of our actions. But none of this is an excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The law does not allow us to take our own life in our hands, nor the lives of everyone else sharing the road with us, simply because we made a bad decision. And the police do not choose sides. They simply pull over driver exhibiting poor driving behavior (as she allegedly was) and follow procedure. It might a judge behind the wheel of the automobile they pull-it might be their own mother-but whomever it is, they have to face the music if they are caught drunk driving.

No ifs, ands or buts about it.

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Texting Idaho Driver Hits Cop Car https://www.myimprov.com/texting-idaho-driver-hits-cop-car/ https://www.myimprov.com/texting-idaho-driver-hits-cop-car/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 01:00:10 +0000 http://www.myimprov.com/blog/?p=772 In yet another stunning example of how dangerous texting and driving can be, an Idaho driver who was texting behind the wheel actually struck a sheriff deputy’s parked police cruiser.…

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idaho driverIn yet another stunning example of how dangerous texting and driving can be, an Idaho driver who was texting behind the wheel actually struck a sheriff deputy’s parked police cruiser.

Needless to say the accident has garnered national attention for proponents of a nationwide distracted driving ban and specifically a ban on texting while driving. It seems likely that given the driver, Brian J. Anderson, 22, of Idaho Falls, survived the crash without any serious injuries, and that he was texting as he collided with the parked patrol car, he might just because the poster child for the dangers of texting while driving.

Repeated studies have shown that drivers who text behind the wheel are at a much higher risk of having a serious accident, or even causing or suffering a fatality while engaging in this behavior. A recent study by the National Traffic Safety Administration showed that distracted driving now causes more traffic fatalities than crashes caused by driving under the influence of alcohol.

Despite these studies many drivers continue to engage in dangerous behavior behind the wheel. They text, talk on their cell phones; chat with passengers in their vehicle or even just fiddle with their radio while they are supposed to be focused on their driving. All pf these behaviors are considered part of the distracted driving problem, and police and legislators continue to struggle with ways to control it and reduce the number of deadly crashes which happen as a result of it.

But clearly, striking a parked police car because you are too busy texting to notice the car right in front of you should be enough of a reminder that distracted driving is not only stupid it also about the most dangerous thing you can do behind the wheel.

By the way, the Idaho ban on distracted driving goes into effect on July 1, so Anderson was cited for “inattentive driving.”

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Idaho Goes Digital With Insurance Proof https://www.myimprov.com/idaho-goes-digital-with-insurance-proof/ https://www.myimprov.com/idaho-goes-digital-with-insurance-proof/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2012 23:31:52 +0000 http://www.myimprov.com/blog/?p=400 Idaho recently became the first state in the U.S. to allow drivers to present proof of insurance using their handheld electronic device, like a smartphone. This is the first in…

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insurance proofIdaho recently became the first state in the U.S. to allow drivers to present proof of insurance using their handheld electronic device, like a smartphone.

This is the first in what many believe will become a huge exodus away from paper ‘proofs’ to digital ‘proofs.’ And it make sense.

Smartphones and other electronic handheld devices are ubiquitous. And just about every company already provides electronic access to features, accounts, profile and other information. It just a small step for these companies to create and offer free apps which provide the legal documentation required.

Last week Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed SB 1319 which allows Idaho drivers to either show proof of coverage with a smartphone App or even just a PDF copy saved on their phone. For those without such devices the traditional hard copy proof of insurance card will still be accepted.

The new Idaho bill passed the Senate unanimously, and passed the house with only one “nay” vote. This is due not just to the fact the new legislation is expected to save money, both for insurance providers and the insured, but also to make it easier for drivers to prove they are insured in the event of a traffic stop or vehicle crash.

Idaho may have been the first state to allow digital proof of insurance, but other states already have pending legislation that will do much the same thing. Alabama will soon publish regulation which allows motorists to electronically display electronic proof of insurance at registration and during traffic stops starting next year. The Arizona Legislature has approved legislation which allows motorists to display proof of insurance electronically and is currently awaiting final approval from the governor and in California, legislation allowing insurers to provide proof of insurance to a mobile electronic device is currently working its way through the House.

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Idaho Considers Smartphone Insurance Proof https://www.myimprov.com/idaho-considers-smartphone-insurance-proof/ https://www.myimprov.com/idaho-considers-smartphone-insurance-proof/#respond Thu, 15 Mar 2012 07:45:01 +0000 http://www.myimprov.com/blog/?p=366 Idaho is one three states considering allowing insurance companies to supply an electronic version of a driver’s proof of insurance which they could access via their smartphone. The pending legislation…

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smartphone insuranceIdaho is one three states considering allowing insurance companies to supply an electronic version of a driver’s proof of insurance which they could access via their smartphone.

The pending legislation is meant to make life a little easier for drivers, especially those who do not carry a wallet, or who have replaced their briefcase with a jump stick and a smartphone.

In Idaho as in every state, drivers are required to carry proof of their automobile insurance with them at all times or face serious fines and possible suspension of their driving privileges.

Many insurance companies already have a smartphone app available for companies which allows them to access details of their coverage, but state laws have not yet caught up with the new technology, so no rules exist allowing drivers to produce this information rather than their actual insurance card. It seems a small detail to most defensive drivers, but having proof you are insured is the only way an officer knows for sure what sort of coverage you have and who it is with. They can’t just take your word for it.

If the pending legislation passes it will not only allow drivers to use a smartphone app as their proof of insurance, but also require insurance companies to provide an electronic version of their insurance card for any driver who requests one. There are also movements underway to digitize all registrations and driver licensing information as a way of cutting down on paperwork and easing costs for state departments of motor vehicles.

In addition to Idaho, California and Arizona also have legislation moving forward which would allow the use of digital insurance identification. Once passed (or, if passed) drivers will have a use for their smartphone in their cars after all. But not for texting or talking-just for proving to the officer they are properly insured.

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Texting And Driving Ban Coming To Idaho https://www.myimprov.com/texting-and-driving-ban-coming-to-idaho/ https://www.myimprov.com/texting-and-driving-ban-coming-to-idaho/#respond Thu, 01 Mar 2012 05:23:08 +0000 http://www.myimprov.com/blog/?p=331 Lawmakers in Idaho have been working feverishly to pass a new statewide ban on texting while driving, after several years of attempts which failed miserably. This latest move comes on…

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texting and drivingLawmakers in Idaho have been working feverishly to pass a new statewide ban on texting while driving, after several years of attempts which failed miserably.

This latest move comes on the heels of a report by the National Transportation Safety Board calling for every state to take steps to curb the use of handheld devices by drivers. According to the NTSB there is no more dangerous way to drive than “distracted”, eclipsing even the danger of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Already 35 states and the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. have total bans on texting and driving, with some going farther and barring the use of any handheld device by drivers.

If there is a complete and utter opposite of defensive driving it is distracted driving because your attention is clearly not on the task at hand (driving) but rather on what is in your hand, like a smartphone. Studies have shown that even the use of a hands-free device is enough of a distraction to limit your ability to drive and operate your vehicle safely. This fact has been borne out in repeated studies by groups around the world.

Idaho lawmakers are trying to make the roads a safer place by limiting the use of handheld devices. While they are not seeking a total ban on the use of all hand held devices they are seeking to limit how those devices are used. Starting with a limit on something which clearly involves taking your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel of your car, they are trying to keep drivers from hurting themselves and others.

Lawmakers are looking to allow exceptions to the law for police and other emergency workers, but otherwise all drivers would be required to obey the ban, making Idaho a much safer place to drive.

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