Drivers, we’re really good - and really bad

Print Article

Idaho drivers are safe and rude.

Letís break that down, shall we?

Take a few moments to read the constructive opinion piece on Page 5 today. It should serve as a friendly reminder that weíre too often unfriendly to our fellow motorists. Whatís really ironic is that so many of the Californians who have moved here or visit frequently are exactly the type of people we should be welcoming with open arms, not flipping off or tailgating, for crying out loud. Many are fairly young retired cops and fire fighters. If there were a population recruitment agency, it could do far worse than go to California and entice retiring first-responders to call North Idaho home.

So the first order of business is to drop that ugly anti-California attitude. The second is to pat ourselves on the back, because in addition to our propensity toward being rude drivers, weíre also safe drivers.

Thatís according to a study published last week on a site called 24/7 Wall St. (247wallst. com). According to the site, Idaho ranks 7th among states with the safest drivers. Some of the criteria used in the study include phone use rate while driving, speeding rate, 2016 motor vehicle death rate, and seat belt use. Idaho ranked 24th in phone usage rate, 4th in speeding rate, 15th in death rate, and tied for 11th in seat belt use.

The safest states, in order, were Montana at No. 1, Wyoming, Alaska, South Dakota, Vermont, North Dakota, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota and Iowa.

The worst? Rhode Island, followed in descending order by Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Hawaii, Delaware, Maryland and Nevada.

California, by the way, ranked 39th, just above Nevada. Other Idaho neighbors and their ranking: Washington (17th safest), Utah (13) and Oregon (11).

You can see all the rankings and the methodology used in the study by going to: http://bit.ly/2yGMhbM

In the meantime, with rotten road conditions rapidly headed our way, now is the time for more consideration, not less, of our fellow travelers.

Slow down, obey the rules of the road and try to smile. Itís easier than hoisting an arm and middle finger.

Print Article

Read More Editorial

Idaho civics coming to your doorstep

December 10, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Boise is Idahoís capital, but at times it might as well be in Iowa. Or Io. Thereís that much distance between Kootenai County and Boise in mindset, if not mileage. But like it or not, our state-ai...

Comments

Read More

The rigors of evaluating regulations

December 08, 2017 at 1:04 pm | Coeur d'Alene Press Kootenai County is looking up to a midget. Sorry if that word is offensive. Itís used here in reference to a diminutive entity, not a person. And sorry, too, if being referred to as ďdiminutiveĒ is...

Comments

Read More

Forecast is mostly sunny, butÖ

December 06, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press At 73, economist John Mitchell has the spunk of a kid. His appetite for charts, graphs and financial analyses rivals a teenís hunger for pizza and pop. All those years of experience, watching, lear...

Comments

Read More

Tax laments come a little too late

December 03, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press If you notice an uptick in ticked off writers lately, thereís a simple reason. Taxes. Happens every year about this time. In November, the county sends out its tax notices, which itemize the amount...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2017 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X