HAZARDOUS MATERIALS/HAZARDOUS WASTE TRANSPORTATION ENFORCEMENT
49-2201. Legislative findings and purposes. (1) The legislature of the state of Idaho finds:
(a) That the amount and number of vehicles involved in the transportation of hazardous materials/hazardous waste on the highways of this state are on the increase;
(b) That the public health and safety and the environment are jeopardized when hazardous materials/hazardous waste are transported in unsafe vehicles or in an unsafe manner;
(c) That since the state police are most likely to be in the position to enforce safety laws and also to be first responders in the event of hazardous materials/hazardous waste incidents; and
(d) That the problem of safe transportation of hazardous materials/hazardous waste has become a matter of statewide concern.
(2) Therefore, it is hereby declared that the purposes of this chapter are:
(a) To protect the health and safety of the public and the environment by reducing the risk of accidents through an adequately funded safety inspection program aimed at vehicles which transport hazardous materials/hazardous waste;
(b) To provide for specialized training and equipment for state police officers to enable them to respond to hazardous materials/hazardous waste incidents on an emergency basis;
(c) To assure the safe transportation of hazardous materials/hazardous waste within this state.
[49-2201, added 1988, ch. 265, sec. 453, p. 813.]