Boise police raise awareness of pedestrian safety

Statesman staffNovember 4, 2013 

After two fatalities involving vehicles vs. pedestrians this year in Boise, police will use foot patrols to raise awareness of pedestrian safety.

The efforts begin Nov. 5 and will last throughout November.

“At some point, we all get out of our cars, we’re all pedestrians," Officer Mike Ruffalo of the Boise Police Department's Patrol Division said. "We hope a very visible officer presence will raise awareness of the importance of paying attention to traffic laws and to pedestrians, especially in places where we know conflicts occur."

The locations of the patrols will vary, police said, but they will focus on the Downtown area during peak times.

Here's where patrols are planned so far:

• Starting Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., officers will walk along Front Street between South Avenue B and South 5th Street.

• Starting Nov. 8, between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Nov. 9, officers will walk along North 6th Street between West Main and Grove Streets.

On March 6, Kelly Summers, 44, of Boise was struck and killed by a vehicle on North 36th Street. No criminal charges were filed.

On Oct. 4, a hit-and-run driver struck Wiley Padden, 28 of Boise on West State Street at Collister Drive. Adam Weinert, 24 of Boise was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in injury or death - a felony.

“Officers will be on foot patrol and very visible. We’ll be talking to people and answering questions about traffic safety laws, but expect enforcement as well. Drivers or pedestrians who violate traffic laws risk getting a ticket.” Ruffalo said.

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