Boise Police Ramp Up Foot Patrols, Focus on Pedestrian Safety

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In the shadow of two pedestrian fatalities in Boise, something the city hasn't seen since 2009, the Boise Police Department is launching a month-long focus on foot patrols beginning today.

Officers will be walking the beat along Front Street between South Avenue B and South Fifth Street, beginning today, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 8, officers will be walking along North Sixth Street between West Main and Grove streets, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.

"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.” said Officer Mike Ruffalo of the Boise Police Patrol Division. "We hope the officer's more visible presence will leave a lasting impression on the responsibility we all have in keeping our streets safe for all users regardless of how they chose to get around, be it by foot, bike, motorcycle or vehicle."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four pedestrian deaths occurred in urban areas, 70 percent of those were killed at non-intersections, and September through January have the highest number of nationwide pedestrian fatalities nationwide.