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Boise officers direct patrols at aggressive, distracted driving during holiday season

Distracted and inattentive driving is a common problem at all times of the year. Through education and enforcement, Boise Police hopes these practices will reflect on positive driving behavior in the winter season. (File Photo)

The winter season is here! Even though there's no snow on the ground just yet, drivers still need to practice safe driving.

Distracted and inattentive driving is a common problem at all times of the year. Through education and enforcement, Boise Police hopes these practices will reflect on positive driving behavior in the winter season.

When driving, it is always important to pay extra attention to the conditions surrounding you. Boise Police is directing patrol and awareness with a focus on aggressive and distracted drivers in winter conditions.

“So in the winter, unlike other months of the year we have the snow and the ice can form on the road. When people around here aren’t really used to driving in those kind of conditions for a long or extended period of time, “ said Corporal Ryan Jones, Boise Police Department.

Drivers can encounter multiple hazards on the roads. Snow, black ice, deicers. Paired with aggressive and inattentive driving on the surfaces can call for unwanted circumstances.

“It’s important to pay attention. Cause you never know what can happen on the road. The weather can change. The weather people don’t always get it right. Make sure you allow yourself time to be able to get to work on time, take your time getting home, and watch out for people on the roads. Especially those who are distracted or not paying attention,” said Jones.

This time of year there’s a high concentration of vehicles in a small areas. Such as flocking to shopping malls for holiday shopping and events causing congestion.

“With normal aggressive driving and inattention, coupled with the Christmas season, the new year and things like that it draws the attention of law enforcement," said Jones.

Cell phones and other distractions can cause a much bigger accident in heavy weather conditions. Focus on the road and stay safe for yourself and other drivers.

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