August 25, 2014
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2012 alone, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes. In a recent national survey, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have composed/sent text messages while driving, and 78 percent of teens say they have read a text message while driving.
For Ray Halterman, executive officer in traffic operations, the latest Internet sensation, the ice bucket challenge for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), has hit very close to home. Ray’s nephew, Greg Leonard, was diagnosed with ALS in December 2012. The disease has progressed quickly to the point that Greg is in a wheel chair, has a device implanted in his chest and a tracheostomy to help with bodily functions.
School is already in session in many Iowa districts and more are set to start this week. That means school buses are sharing the road with all the other traffic. Do you know when it is legal to pass a stopped school bus?
Knee high by the 4th of July has turned into way above your head in August. This time of year crops such as corn and other vegetation growing near rural intersections can cause problems for drivers who may not be able to see vehicles coming from side roads or oncoming trains at rural railroad crossings.
Sixteen-year-old Tyler Cross wasn’t sure that moment would ever come. Tyler, who suffers from a rare disease known as epidermolysis bullosa (see note below), is a long-time patient at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines. Over the years, Tyler has developed a relationship with a Des Moines police officer. That officer contacted the Iowa DOT about the possibility of getting Tyler an ID card, even though he can't leave the hospital.