The skies are clearing, which means more people will be on the roads and sidewalks in the coming weeks. Memorial Day weekend was the start of the 100 deadliest days of driving (ending Labor Day weekend). Last year during this time, 80 people were killed on the roads in Idaho.
Warm weather and summer vacations bring lots of road trips, so plan for safety before hitting the road and stay engaged when driving. Take extra care to watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Freshen up your emergency car kit, perform pre-road trip inspections and limit distractions — especially cell phone use. Idaho Power has a firm policy requiring all employees to drive attentively, and they encourage you to join them in committing to safe driving.
If you happen to encounter a downed power line when driving, don’t touch it, stay in your vehicle if safe to do so and call 911. For more information about safe driving and what to do around downed lines, visit idahopower.com/safety.