“100 Deadliest Days” begins Memorial Day weekend

The Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety (OHS) urges drivers to take caution as they travel for Memorial Day weekend. The holiday marks the start of the “100 Deadliest Days” of driving. 

The 100 Deadliest Days is the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when there is an increase in fatal crashes. Last year in Idaho, 101 people were killed in crashes during this time frame.  

During the holiday weekend, OHS is partnering with more than 60 law enforcement agencies across Idaho to dedicate extra patrols to enforcing Idaho’s seat belt law.  

Busy summer traffic brings an increase in fatalities in Idaho and across the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 42,915 people nationally were killed in traffic crashes last year – a 10.5% increase from 2020. 

Last year, 271 people were killed in crashes in Idaho – the most in a single year since 2005.