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Traffic Fatalities Reaches Lowest Level Since 1956

Governor Butch Otter - "On Wednesday of this week I spoke to a gathering of about 70 Idaho Chiefs of Police.

The Idaho Chiefs of Police Association was in Boise for its winter conference.

I believe our police officers - from the counties and the cities to our dedicated men and women and the Idaho State Police - deserve our thanks for stepping up traffic enforcement, which has helped us reach an important milestone. The number of people who died on our highways in 2011 dropped to the lowest level since recordkeeping began in 1956.

While even one death on our roads and highways is too many, the downward trend is encouraging and shows that enforcing laws on our roads and highways saves lives. I also want to compliment the Idaho Transportation Department, which helped secure federal grants through the Office of Highways. That additional money helped enforcement efforts targeting a wide variety of driving offenses."

Information via Governor Butch Otter Newsletter

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