September 30, 2016
“The crew on the train tried to stop.” If you review news stories on crashes between a vehicle and a train you will find a common theme. The crew in the train did everything they could to avoid a crash, but most times there is little that could have be done to slow or stop a speeding locomotive. According to a BNSF report, trains can take up to one mile to come to a stop once the emergency brake is deployed.
That means it’s up to us as drivers to use our brains and not challenge a train. Trying to beat a train at a crossing isn’t just dangerous, it’s dumb. Saving a few minutes isn’t worth risking your life.
Behind the wheel there’s another type of glass you don’t want to check out up close. Keep the windshield or side window out of your face by buckling up. You do look good… and you’ll look even better by protecting yourself with your seat belt.
Buckle up – every seat, every time. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/03/11/seen-at-11-seat-belts-save-lives-but-many-people-dont-buckle-up/
The fatality count of 271 is an increase of 11 from last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf
Development of the new long-range transportation plan, Iowa in Motion 2045, has been ongoing throughout 2016. The Iowa Department of Transportation has been gathering input from the public, holding meetings internally, and making presentations on what is being learned from input and analysis thus far.
As the agency continues to gather public input via an online survey through Sept. 30, a basic framework of the plan has been formed to align with what the public wants and expects with regard to the future of our transportation system.
Clearing the vehicles involved in the crash off the travel portion of the roadway is safer for the drivers involved and for those who are driving through the scene. This “quick clearance” to the side of the road allows traffic to continue to move, reducing the chance of a secondary crash.