February 5, 2016
At the end of the day, we all have the same goal: To make it home safely. At the Iowa Department of Transportation, safety is all around us. It is one of our core values and we ask every employee to put safety first in everything we do.
So how do we help employees talk about and live out safety every day? One way is the safety calendar, which is produced annually by the Office of Employee Services. The calendar is loaded with information on various safety and wellness topics that employees can explore.
Many choices you make today seem simple and mundane; others may only occur once every four years. Some seemingly simple choices could have a longer lasting effect than others. For example, choosing how to behave when driving your car can have impacts that could follow you for the rest of your life.
Every time you get behind the wheel, you make several choices.
These are just a few of the many choices you make each day that seem mundane, but if you don’t choose correctly can change your life. Such is the case for Laura. One very small, seemingly insignificant choice has completely turned her world, and the lives of several others, upside-down. http://ia.zerofatalities.com/lauras-story-i-drove-distracted-and-a-man-died/
The fatality count of 21 is an increase of five from last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf
There were informative large group presentations, but the real work of the day was done in smaller group breakout sessions where attendees gathered to identify barriers and then brainstorm solutions in each of the five topics.
While nearly 600 DOTers attended the sessions, it is up to each of us to make improvements that help the Iowa DOT become smarter, simpler, and customer driven. This is the third in a series of blog posts about the small group discussions.
Today’s topic is the culture.
Laura Maurer isn’t a victim of distracted driving. She was a perpetrator. Now she lives with the fact a 75-year-old husband, father, and grandfather is dead because she looked down at her phone while she was driving.
The crash happened July 14, 2014, just outside of Brooklyn, Iowa, on Poweshiek County Road F-29 (Old Highway 6). Maurer, now 39, had pulled off the road to send a text to her daughter’s dance instructor. She pulled back onto the highway and traveled a few miles when her phone sounded that familiar “ding” for an incoming text message. “I heard it ding a couple of times, so I just looked down for a second to check my phone. I still don’t know how I didn’t see him,” said Maurer.
At the same second Maurer was looking down, Marvin Beck of Malcom was driving his Cub Cadet tractor and pulling a tiller on the side of the road. The Buick Enclave Maurer was driving clipped the tiller and Beck was ejected from the seat of the tractor.
“I stopped right away and ran to him,” she said. “He held on to me and tried to get up. I called 911. Two of his sons got there before the ambulance and started to do CPR. I was in the back of the police car when they told me he didn’t make it.”