Over the past five years, annual traffic fatalities in Idaho have ranged from 167 in 2011 to 214 in 2013, according to Idaho Transportation Department data. Last year, 186 died in traffic crashes.
We’re in the middle of what traffic safety and law enforcement officials call the “100 deadly days of summer.”
Though weather and road conditions might suggest the opposite, fatal crashes in the United States spike between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
The months with the highest number of fatal crashes in Idaho last year were July and August, ITD data shows. Each of those months saw 25 fatal crashes. That compares with 14 in December and 6 in January, though the winter months did have more total crashes.
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Last year, Canyon County had 19 fatal crashes — the highest number in the state. Ada County came in second with 15 fatal crashes, and Idaho County was third with 13.
In North Idaho Friday, two people died in a head-on collision. A Ford Focus passing a semitrailer slammed into a dump truck, Idaho State Police said.
Southwest Idaho has seen five deaths involving crashes since Friday:
• An infant who was injured in a crash near the Simco Road exit of Interstate 84 in Elmore County died at a local hospital Sunday. The infant was restrained in a child seat, an Idaho State Police investigator said. (Read more about the crash here.
• A 25-year-old Middleton man who was riding a Yamaha dirt bike died after colliding with a Ford Mustang in the intersection of Lansing Lane and Idaho 44. (Read more about the crash here.
• A 32-year-old man died in a one-vehicle crash along Simco Road in Elmore County. Sheriff’s investigators say he failed to negotiate a turn. (Read more about that crash here.
• A 66-year-old Emmett man riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle died after colliding with a vehicle on Idaho 21 near Boise. Investigators said the motorcyclist crossed the center lane. (Read more about that crash here.
• A 36-year-old Boise County man died after his pickup went off a road and down a mountainside at Wilderness Ranch. A spokesman for the Coroner’s Office said the man was wearing a seat belt, and alcohol was not a factor. (Read more about that crash here.