March 5, 2018
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
Will Jacoby had been plowing snow out of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Grimes garage for eight days in a row. “I got off work and went to bed. I woke up about the time the 6 o’clock news was on,” he said. “It had been a long week or so with snow and ice every day and I was tired. Then on the news, there was this story about a young man with a plow on his wheelchair. He was just so happy to be out plowing his neighbor’s sidewalks and driveways, even all those days in a row.”
The story gave Jacoby an idea. What if he could get this young man, Mason Rumpf, to come to the garage for a tour and maybe even a ride in one of our snowplows. He took the idea to management who also agreed.
The Iowa Department of Transportation produces, collects, and disseminates a virtual mountain of data. From making road condition and traffic information available to the public through our 511 traveler information system to collecting roadway specific data for researchers and our own planning purposes, The Iowa DOT has long been recognized as a national leader in the amount, quality, and variety of data we can access.
Donna Matulac, the Iowa DOT’s automated vehicle (AV) technologies project manager, said, “To make AVs viable in Iowa, we are 100 percent focused on our data. We want to produce the best, most accurate information in a format that can be the most useful to both the drivers of today and the AVs coming online at a very quick pace.”