One call that the Payette County Sheriff’s Office handles regularly throughout the year is dogs running at large. We find that Payette County residents often don’t realize that it is illegal to allow dogs to run at large in the county.
Payette County does not have a dog at large ordinance and it also does not have a dog kennel to impound dogs. However, there is an Idaho State law that prohibits dogs running at large. The State law requires that the dog owner be served with a written warning prior to a citation being issued.
If a complainant wants to file a report about a dog at large, there are several things that are helpful for prosecution. If the case was to go to trial, the Payette County Prosecutors Office would like to have evidence that shows the dog was in fact at large. Complainants can help strengthen the case by taking photos or videos of the offending dog when it was clearly off of the owner’s property. In addition to that, we need to know who owns the dog in order to serve them with a written warning or citation. The last critical piece to a dog at large case is that we need a complainant who is willing to sign a citation against the dog owner. If our Deputies do not witness the dog running at large, then they are not able to sign the citation against the dog owner.
Dogs running at large can become a nuisance that causes many neighborhood problems. The Payette County Sheriff’s Office recommends that neighbors talk with each other about these neighborhood problems and see if a resolution can be reached prior to involving law enforcement, if at all possible. Neighbors who are able to reach their own resolution typically live in a pleasant neighborhood. We often see where a dog at large complaint can grow into numerous other complaints from one neighbor to another. Neighbors who are able to talk to each other can often avoid numerous complaints and constant law enforcement involvement.
Citizens from all backgrounds can find themselves being a victim of a crime. Victims do not always have the knowledge of how the criminal justice system works and can find the whole process confusing.
If you think you are a victim of a crime, the first thing you should do is file a report with the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction where the crime occurred. This could be at your residence or it could be at a separate location in a different jurisdiction (like your work). If you are unsure of where to report the crime, call the Payette County Dispatch Center (208-642-6006 ext. 1146) to find out.
In most instances a Deputy will come to your residence or location to take the report. There are times, due to staffing, call load, or other factors that a Deputy may call and take your report over the phone.
While waiting for the Deputy to arrive, be careful to not disturb vehicle tire tracks, footprints, fingerprints and obvious evidence of the crime. When making a report, be ready to give the make, model and serial number of items that were stolen. Tell the investigating Deputy about items that are out of place, have been moved or don’t belong at your location. You should also point out items of value that were not stolen or damaged. Always include a description of the suspect. If the suspect is unknown, include a list of people that could be suspects.
After the suspect has been charged with a crime, you can track the court process on Vine. Vine is an online resource that notifies victims of the upcoming court dates for a crime. You can sign up for Vine at https://www.vinelink.com/#/home It is also available in the App Store or Google Play Store.
The Payette County Prosecutor has a Victim Witness Coordinator. This person also assists victims in a crime. It is always recommended to contact the Victim Witness Coordinator to introduce yourself. They will help you navigate the legal system along with the Prosecutor as a victim.
Depending on the type of crime, there could be more services available to you. The Sheriff’s Office or the Victim Witness Coordinator can tell you if there are any other services available to assist you. They can give you information on how to contact those other services.
The US Congress enacted the Real ID Act in 2005. The law created a standard for security, authentication, and issuance procedures for state driver’s licenses and identity documents, as well as various immigration issues pertaining to terrorism.
Idaho’s information on the Real ID, also known as the Star Card, can be found at https://itd.idaho.gov/starcard/. The following excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_ID_Act gives background information about the Real ID Act.
The law sets forth requirements for state driver's licenses and ID cards to be accepted by the federal government for "official purposes" as defined by the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security. The Secretary of Homeland Security has defined "official purposes" as boarding commercially operated airline flights, and entering federal buildings and nuclear power plants, although the law gives the Secretary the unlimited authority to require a "federal identification" for any other purposes.
The Real ID Act implements the following:
Intersection crashes are one of the most dangerous crashes that we see in Payette County. When investigating an intersection collision, we are always concerned about any possible vision obstructions that could have been a contributing factor to the collision.
There are times that we receive complaints from concerned citizens about possible vision obstructions. We take these complaints seriously and we will investigate them. If a complaint is deemed a valid violation of the Idaho State Law, we will work with the landowner and the highway district to rectify the problem. Safety is our number one concern.
Idaho’s law is very specific on what is a vision obstruction at an intersection. Idaho Code 49-221 defines traffic hazards at intersections. They goal to this law is to keep all of citizens and neighbors safe. When responding to complaints about vision obstructions, the Payette County Sheriff’s Office is focused on determining if there is a vision obstruction under the definition of the Idaho Law. We will work with the property owner to find ways to eliminate the vision obstruction and help improve safety at the intersection. Below is the Idaho law that references this issue.
49-221. REMOVAL OF TRAFFIC HAZARDS. (1) It shall be the responsibility of the owner of real property to remove from his property any hedge, shrubbery, fence, wall or other sight obstructions of any nature, except public traffic or highway signs, buildings and trees, where these sight obstructions constitute a potential traffic hazard. The above sight obstructions shall not extend more than three (3) feet, or less than ten (10) feet, in height above the existing center line highway elevation within the vision triangle of vehicle operators. The boundaries of the vision triangle are defined by measuring from the intersection of the edges of two (2) adjacent highways forty (40) feet along each highway and connecting the two (2) points with a straight line. The sight distance obstruction restriction is also applicable to railroad-highway grade crossings with vision triangle defined by measuring forty (40) feet along the railroad property line when intersecting with a highway.
(2) When the department or any local authority determines that a traffic hazard exists, it may notify the owner and order that the hazard be removed within an appropriate time as determined by the department or local authority, considering the circumstances and conditions involved. The appropriate time may be specified in the notice. Such notice shall not obligate the department or local authorities to pursue removal or abatement until all legal remedies are exhausted.
(3) The failure of the owner to remove the traffic hazard within the appropriate specified time shall constitute a misdemeanor and every day the owner shall fail to remove the obstruction may be considered a separate and distinct offense. Civil action may also be initiated by state or local officials to enforce vision triangle restrictions.
(4) Local officials may, by resolution or ordinance, establish standards and procedures for protecting vision triangles at the intersections of local streets and roads. Such locally adopted standards or procedures, which may be more or less restrictive than the provisions hereof, shall not modify the standards established by this section concerning intersections with state-maintained highways and intersections with railroads.
Every year we get questions from motorists on the Idaho Law, “Speed Too Fast for Road Conditions.” During the majority of the year, the maximum speed that you can travel on a roadway is the posted speed limit. There are certain conditions that can cause the maximum speed allowable to be reduced. These times are dependent on a condition that makes traveling on the roadway more difficult and sometimes hazardous. These conditions could be rain, snow, ice, fog, debri on the road, etc. Often times the evidence of someone who was traveling too fast for the road conditions is when they lose control of their vehicle are involved in a collision.
Drivers need to rely on the road conditions that they are observing and their past experiences to know how fast to drive. The speed that drivers decide is a safe travel speed should consider the road conditions, vehicle condition, and their driving ability.
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