October 31, 2014
Can you imagine a time when you would travel on a highway and the road simply ended when you reached the state border. That actually happened in the early days of transportation. With commodities and travelers needing to move farther, it didn’t take long to realize that connecting one state to another, creating a regional and eventually national and international transportation system, was critical to enhancing just about every aspect of our lives.
Halloween is Friday, so this week will be filled with activities, parties and beggar’s night. The scariest part of Halloween is not the spooky costumes and scary pranks. It is alcohol-impaired drivers. In 2012, almost half of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver. Across the United States in 2012 alone, 26 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night. Drive sober so that your Halloween doesn’t turn into a nightmare.
It’s alright to dress as a ghost for Halloween, just don’t become one. Buckle up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI9_BTm41MI&feature=youtu.be
Are you a Dum Dum or a Smartie? That’s the question Amy Sievers, a driver’s license supervisor in Spencer, was asking high school students this week.
“Since it is National Teen Driver Safety Week, I thought we needed to do something at the local high school,” said Sievers. “I called the assistant principal and he was all in with my idea to hand out candy to kids as they came to school on Monday morning. If the driver and any passengers were wearing seat belts, they got a roll of Smarties candy. If they were unbelted, it was a Dum Dum sucker.”
Sievers, who was assisted by the assistant principal and Spencer High School student council members, said she was impressed by the number of students who were buckled on the way to school. “We gave out a lot of Smarties on Monday. When we went back out Wednesday afternoon after school, we still handed out more Smarties, but the Dum Dums were definitely higher than Monday morning. It just proves that we all need to be reminded to wear our seat belts every trip, every time.”
Herburger, a 28-year veteran of the Iowa DOT, and his wife, Deborah, are very active people. Part of their active lifestyle is spent with friends in a tandem bicycle club in Dubuque. On July 11, the Herburgers were riding their bicycle-built-for-two with six other tandem teams on Rockdale Road in Dubuque. The street lived up to its name and a rock punctured the front tire, sending the Herburgers tumbling down the hilly road.