Labor Day weekend marks the end of what law enforcement officials call the "100 Deadliest Days," which begins on Memorial Day weekend. During this time, officials say they see the highest number of fatal car crashes.
According to Idaho State Police, there have been 165 fatalities on Idaho roadways since the beginning of the year, with about half of those occurring in just the last three months.
There are a few reasons why officials mark these 100 days as the deadliest of the year. One reason being that there are a lot more people out driving during the summer months. Another reason - officials find that more people are drinking and driving on holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
ISP Trooper Christian Briggs says the fatal accidents typically happen in the areas with an 80 mph speed limit, and often times those in the car are not wearing seatbelts.
"The reason why we have traffic code the way that it is is to avoid these crashes," said Briggs. "Sadly 99 percent of the time the reason for the crash is because someone has violated a rule of the road."
Briggs says on a personal level, responding to deadly accidents is difficult to deal with.
"I'm one of the individuals who sometimes has to tell the family that their loved one has been killed in a crash," said Briggs. "That's not something I enjoy doing. It's never fun to have to tell someone that their loved one died. It's tough."
This weekend, ISP is urging everyone to driver sober, alert, and to avoid distractions like cell phones. Officials also say there will be an increased police presence on major highways throughout the rest of the holiday weekend.
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