BOISE -- We're two weeks into what the Idaho Transportation Department calls the 100 deadliest days on Idaho's freeways and highways, and already seven people have been killed in traffic accidents this month alone.
That's disturbing, said Idaho State Police Trooper Andrew Nakashima.
Three of the traffic fatalities happened Monday, both around the same time, but on two different highways.
A woman and a boy were killed in a crash on State Highway 55 south of Cascade. Four other people were also hurt in that accident. Two of them are in critical condition at Saint Alphosus Regional Medical Center in Boise.
Less than an hour later, a 26-year-old man was killed on U.S. Highway 95 south of Midvale in a head-on crash that also sent a woman and a baby to the hospital. And on Sunday, a Nampa woman died when her SUV rolled on Interstate 84 near Bliss.
While the cause of each crash continues to be investigated, ISP has found one common theme when it comes to summer driving.
As the weather gets nicer, people tend to let their guard down, said Nakashima. The roads are clear, the weather is nice and in the average person's mind, there's no reason to be extra careful on the road.
Nakashima says it's that kind of complacency that's led to an alarming amount of fatalities this month on Idaho's highways and freeways. He says the majority of the accidents didn't happen on a weekend, but on a Monday. The victims were both young and old, ranging in age from a young boy to a 66-year-old woman. Three of the fatalities were from one-vehicle crashes, leading ISP to believe distracted driving may be to blame.
The only thing we do know for sure is that they probably could have been prevented if the person behind the wheel was paying attention to the road with 100 percent of their attention, said Nakashima.
ITD calls the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day the deadliest time for crashes on Idaho roads. ISP officials say you can expect to see an increase in traffic enforcement in an effort to cut down on the number of fatalities.