Officers enforce speeds

Sharon Strauss
Sunday, September 14th, 2008

CANYON COUNTY — Local traffic officers have their eyes on local motorists.
Although the techniques and tools they use to catch speeders may vary, their goal remains the same.
“The purpose is to make traffic safer,” Canyon County sheriff’s deputy Terry Mathis said. “We’re trying to slow people down to reduce the catastrophic damage.”
Last year, county traffic deputies wrote up 3,719 speeding tickets. In the first half of 2008, they ticketed 1,254 motorists.
“Being traffic officers, we’re not the most popular people in the world,” acknowledged Caldwell Police traffic officer Eduardo Ibarra. But speed enforcement pays off in terms of making the roads safer, local officials agree.
Trouble-prone intersections like Lake Avenue and Ustick Road for example, have had fewer accidents since Caldwell Police have targeted that area.
Nampa officers have taken a tougher stance on speeders since October 2007, with officers aggressively on the lookout for speeding motorists.
“We don’t give warnings, we write tickets,” Nampa Police Sgt. Tony Evans said.
The tough stance has paid off, Evans said, with about a 40 percent reduction in crash rates since last fall.
When it comes to speeding, local officers are convinced that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. “Speed doesn’t cause a lot of crashes, but it sure causes a lot of injuries and death,” Evans said. “If people would just slow down, it would make the community a lot safer.”