A recent estimation statistic provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that close to 400 people might die given the traffic crashes during the Labor Day Weekend. Law enforcement in the Lewis-Clark Valley is now a part of nationwide effort that might help prevent this issue.
Cpl. Patrick Dupea, working with the Nez Perce County Sheriff Office mentioned that the high traffic levels during travel have led to each and every officer standing on high alert during the weekend. As confirmed by the NHTSA, around 376 people had died during the traffic crashes that occurred in 2017 Labor Day Weekend. To curb these issues, the Washington State Police along with Idaho are now partnering with similar agencies in Western State Traffic Safety Coalition that will help keep closer eye over the roads for the year 2019.
Scott Redinger, the Idaho State Trooper also mentioned that they need to ensure that everyone is proactive, vigilant, as well as out on the road to stop such issues from increasing the death toll. The DUI Emphasis Patrols by Asotin County Sheriff Office was dedicated during the last weeks of the month of August as a memory dedicated to Jared Lee, a local teen that died in the 2018 crash. The accident was due to the driver being drunk.