Concerned with the number of fatal accidents in Boise (four so far in October) the GUARDIAN joined forces with Boise coppers to check the number and type of crashes.
There has been a total of 14 fatal traffic crashes–DOUBLE the total for all of 2016.
The majority of fatal crashes have involved motorcycles. There were ZERO motorcycle fatalities in 2016, but 2017 is proving to be carnage for the motorcycles with 8 deaths.
Here is the 2017 year-to-date break down comparison with 2016 totals in parentheses.
Vehicle: 2 (2)
Motorcycle: 8 (0)
Pedestrian: 3 (4)
Bicyclist: 1 (1)
Total fatals for 2017 is 14 compared to 7 for all of 2016.
BPD Capt. Ron Winegar, himself a former motorcycle copper, heads up the patrol division and offered this caution: “While driving is such a familiar action for most adults, you can never take it for granted. We all need to make an effort to focus only on driving when we get behind the wheel. Put down the devices, follow the speed limit and rules of the road. If alcohol has been a part of your day or night, make sure you get a ride from someone who hasn’t been drinking. We want to make sure everyone gets home safely to their loved ones.”
Statewide fatalities are actually down on a year to date basis. In 2016 there were 206 fatals year-to-date vs 192 in 2017. However, motorcycle deaths stand at 25 so far with 23 for all of 2016.
Perhaps the most telling figure shows there were 12 cycle deaths in June of this year versus 4 in June 2016.
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