March 20, 2018
Remember when Iowans voted on our new county standard license plate designs online and at the Iowa State Fair last August? The chosen design is now ready to roll off the production line at Iowa Prison Industries and they will start arriving in county treasurers’ offices (and appearing on Iowa’s roads) in the next few weeks.
“The main purpose of license plates is to make the vehicle easily identifiable,” said LaVonne Short with the Iowa Department of Transportation. “We did quite a bit of testing to make sure the new plates serve that purpose well.”
Every journey has its ups and downs. Whether you’re following your favorite team to the finals or just following a line of traffic on the highway, unexpected roadblocks can alter your course. To keep you safely in your seat when unexpected things happen on the road, always buckle up – every seat, every time.
In a survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, conducted last year it seems adults have gotten the message to buckle up the kids in the back seat, but the result was different for adults passengers. The survey found only 72% of the 1,172 respondents said they always use a belt in the back seat, compared to 91% who said they always use one when seated in front. Those aged 35- to 54 were the least likely group to report buckling up in the back seat. Only 66% of this group reported ‘always’ bucking up in the back seat compared to 73% of adults 18 to 34.
Many back-seat passengers operate under a false assumption that the back seat is safer than the front. Safety belts saved 13,941 lives during 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates. If everyone buckled up, an additional 2,800 deaths could have been prevented.
If after reading this week’s sign you’re hearing a certain voice in your head, you’re not alone – Here are some highlight calls from Dickie V - https://youtu.be/q6_QMII9wJ8
For 2018, there have been 55 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of five since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf
Aggressive behaviors like going faster than everyone else, weaving, staying close to those around you and never yielding to traffic are admirable on the basketball court, but not on the highway.
No doubt there will be exciting games featuring high-flying slam dunks. Statistically, the dunk is the highest percentage shot in basketball. How can you raise the percentage of making it home safely after the game? Don’t drive if you’ve been drinking.
Enjoy these highest scoring dunks from the National Basketball Association’s All Star Slam Dunk contests over the years - https://youtu.be/QGuYep0cSAY
For 2018, there have been 49 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of five since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf