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Ask Policemandan: Too close for comfort

Q: I have a question that I hope you can answer. Is there any law regarding the distance a car should stop behind another car stopped for red light? My husband scares me to death because he gets so close to the car in front of us before stopping. He gets mad if I say anything. Can you help? – Crystal

A: Probably not since I’m not a licensed marriage therapist but I sometimes have to play one on calls.

Unfortunately for you I could not find any criminal codes that told how far drivers should stop behind other drivers. The only issue covered under Idaho code talks only about where the driver in front of the pack needs to stop.

Drivers stopping for a stop sign need to abide with Idaho code 49-807 which reads: every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop: (a) at a clearly marked stop line, or (b) before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or © at the point nearest the intersecting highway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting highway before entering it.

After having stopped, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when such driver is moving across or within the intersection or junction of highways.

I have been told that in civil matters being parked to close to another driver involved in a crash could put that driver partially at fault, reducing any costs associated with getting a vehicle fixed.

A rule of thumb I try use when I stop behind vehicles at stop signs or stop lights is to stop so that I can still see the tires on the vehicle in front of me. This also allows the driver, in front, time to stop if they are driving a vehicle with a clutch on an inclined stop and they missed the gear.

I will say for the drivers out there who like to stop as close as they can to the vehicle in front, you won’t get where you’re going faster by stopping closer to the vehicle in front.

Quote of the month

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus

Officer down

Please put these officers, killed in the line of duty, and their families in your prayers. They fought the good fight, now may they rest in peace. God bless these heroes.

  • Detective Michael Doty, York County Sheriff, South Carolina
  • Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Hill, United States Marshals Service
  • K9 Scout, Jefferson County Sheriff, New York

Have a question for Policemandan? Email your question(s) to or look for Ask Policemandan on Facebook and click the like button. Mail to: Box 147, Heyburn, Idaho 83336

St. Nicholas Catholic School celebrates 60 years

RUPERT — St. Nicholas Catholic School, located in the rural, farm community of Rupert, Idaho, is celebrating its 60th anniversary in January. The school first opened its doors to students in January 1958 with Fr. Malachy McNeill as pastor and nuns from the Benedictine Order as the teachers. Back then the charism of the school was “prayer, work and hospitality.” That same tradition continues today with the Schoolwide Learning Expectations of “Faith, Learning, and Service.”

This past summer on the Fourth of July weekend, the St. Nicholas Catholic School Board held an “All-Class Family Reunion.” It was attended by over 150 St. Nicholas Catholic School alumni. School officials say it would not have been possible to reach the 60-year milestone without help from its many teachers, staff, principals, parents, students, priests, nuns, and parish members throughout these 60 years. The St. Nicholas Catholic School Alumni Facebook page has many photos taken over the 60 years.

The alumni story does not end with the reunion. The school participated in the Lunch Buddy program this winter through the Mini-Cassia HealthNet Coalition and Minico High School. Lunch Buddies are high school students who are specially chosen to go out to the neighborhood elementary schools and have lunch with specific students that just need a friend or a “Buddy.” The high school students serve as mentors and friends to these children. The “Lunch Buddies” are chosen because of their commitment to the service of others in the community. This year the six “Lunch Buddies” that were chosen to spend time with St. Nicholas Catholic School students are all alumni of the school. Having these alumni return to us as “Lunch Buddies” is a tribute to the mission of the school that encourages students to “develop a Christian attitude, a solid work ethic and respect for themselves and their community.”

Twin Falls Senior Center to hold board election

TWIN FALLS — The Twin Falls Senior Citizen’s Center will hold its annual board election on Feb. 7. Voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the senior center, 530 Shoshone St. W. Only active congregate members can vote for board candidates.

All elected nominees will be seated on the board at the monthly meeting scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Feb. 19.

Information: 208-734-5084.


TWIN FALLS — The Kiwanis Club of Twin Falls has given $500.00 to the local Salvation Army for their Summer Children's Program. Lila Orton, president of the Kiwanis Club, presented the check to Michael Danielson, board member of the Salvation Army.


Magic Valley Early Iron Association gave a $29,500 donation to the College of Southern Idaho Foundation. The funds will go into the Magic Valley Early Iron Association Endowment that was created to scholarship CSI Automotive (ASEP) and CSI Autobody (BSEP) students. Pictured from left: donors Bob Wildman, Orlan Stearns, Chris Stearns, Mystie Bremer, Jerry Wilson, and Cyndie Woods from the CSI Foundation.

Kimberly library gets new materials

KIMBERLY — New items at the Kimberly Public Library include:

Adult fiction

“A Lethal Journey” by Elizabeth Penney, “All Jacked Up” by Penny McCall, “Boone’s Lick” by Larry McMurtry, “Dangerous Nights” by Heather Graham, “End Game” by David Baldacci, “Hardcore Twenty-four” by Janet Evanovich, “Oathbringer” by Branden Sanderson, “Past Perfect” Danielle Steel, “Pulse” by Felix Francis, “The Demon Crown” by James Rollins, “The Golden Son” by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, “The Orphan’s Tale” by Pam Jenoff, “The People vs. Alex Cross” by James Patterson, “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton, “The Year of the Rogue Dragons” by Richard Lee Byers, “Undaunted” by Diana Palmer and “Year One” by Nora Roberts.

Inspirational fiction

“A Prairie Christmas Collection” by Tracey Batman, “Bleak Landing” by Terri Todd, “Blue Ridge Sunrise” by Denise Hunter, “Bringing Maggie Home” by Kim Vogel Sawyer, “Grounded Hearts” by Jeanne M. Dickson, “Hidden Threats” by Connie Mann, “In this Moment” by Karen Kingsburg, “Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana” by Melanie Dobson, “Miramar Bay” by T. Davis Bunn, “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” by Catherine West, “Captive Heart” by Michelle Griep and “The British Brides Collection” by Kelly Eileen Hake.

LDS fiction

“Loving Leah” by Lynne Larson and “Witness in the Dark” by Lynne Larson.

Adult non-fiction

“Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell and “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!” by Ree Drummond.

Young adult fiction

“Turtles all the Way Down” by John Green

Juvenile fiction

“Voyagers: Infinity Riders” by Kekla Magoon, “Voyagers: Escape the Vortex” by Jeanne DuPrau, “Voyagaers” The Seventh Element” by Wendy Mass, “Every Thing on It” by Shel Silverstein, “The Caldera” by John Flanagan, “Tales from a Not-So- Secret Crush Catastrophe” by Rachel Renee Russell, “Auggie & Me” by R. J. Palacio, “School of Laughs” by James Patterson and “Belle: The Mysterious Message” by Kitty Richards.

Elementary fiction

“Thomas’ Color Book” by Reverend W. Awdry, “Sweet Dreams, Curious George” by Margret and H. A. Rey, “My New Friend Is So Fun” by Mo Willems, “Pete the Cat: Snow Daze” by James Dean, “Barbie: Let’s Build a Snowman!” by Kristen L. Depken and “We’re all Wonders” by R. J. Palacio.

Juvenile and elementary non-fiction

“100 Facts: Sharks” by Steve Parker, “Who Was Ulysses S. Grant?” by Megan Stine and “Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest” by Steve Jenkins.


“Dennis the Menace,” “Escape Plan,” “Fast Five,” “Gettysburg,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Ladies of the House,” “Heaven is for Real,” “Second in Command,” “The Rundown” and “Troy.”


“The Collector” by Nora Roberts, “Midnight Line” by Lee Childs, “The Wrong Side of Goodbye” by Michael Connelly and “Chasing Midnight” by Randy Wayne White.