June 18, 2018
Contrast that to travel on an interstate or four-lane highway. There’s not much that’s leisurely about driving in traffic. You always have to be at your best and pay attention to what’s going on around you. That means keeping an appropriate speed and using the left lane for passing, returning to the right lane as quickly as possible to help keep traffic flowing safely and efficiently.
Random furniture, construction debris, lots of single shoes and tons of other garbage litter the roadsides of Iowa. How does all that junk get from someone’s house, a factory, or a job site to the ditch?
Practically every day Iowa Department of Transportation employees cringe at what they see on the road. Pick-up truck beds loaded to the hilt tied down with a single rope (or no tie down at all), passenger vehicles with half-open trunks full of stuff peeking out through precariously placed bungee cords, flatbed trailers with beams bobbing and weaving with each dip of the road. These items are all just one bump away from becoming dangerous obstacles in your daily commute.
Memorial Day is a day to remember those who make the supreme sacrifice for our county. Those military members who served and died protecting our freedom and their family members are owed a huge debt of gratitude.
But what about you? How will you be remembered? Please don’t forever be known as a person who died in a tragic crash that could have been prevented.
More than 25 percent of the traffic fatalities in the United States have speed as a factor, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
One risky behavior may lead to another. Did you know that 50 percent of speeding passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2016 weren’t wearing seat belts at the time of the crash?
We could all use a little guidance now and then. Especially when you learn that the guidance is rooted in sound advice. For example, did you know that nearly 34 percent of the people killed on Iowa’s roadways weren’t wearing seat belts? While it’s true that some crashes are so horrific that a seat belt wouldn’t have saved a life, it is estimated that at least half of those who died unbuckled would have survived. If they would have just taken the two seconds it takes to buckle up, a dozen or more people this year alone would still be alive.