Transportation Matters FOR Iowa

Roadside Chat – Drive buzzed & you may bee without a license

Roadside Chat – Drive buzzed & you may bee without a license

June 21, 2024

6-21-Bee-without-licenseIn Iowa you are over the legal limit to drive if your blood alcohol content is .08 or higher. How quickly it takes you to become legally drunk will depend on a variety of factors such as your body composition, the type of alcohol you are drinking, or how much food you ate. Even if you feel like you are just buzzed, you can start feeling and showing signs of impairment the moment you take your first drink.

Getting behind the wheel with any amount of alcohol in your system can impact your judgement and decision-making skills creating a dangerous situation for yourself, your passengers, and anyone who shares the road with you. In addition, your blood alcohol level can rise as your body processes the alcohol and you can go from buzzed to legally drunk leading to the loss of your license, fines, jail time, a variety of complications in your life, and even death.

Roadside Chat – Dad bods look better in seat belts.

Roadside Chat – Dad bods look better in seat belts.

June 14, 2024

6-14-Dad-bodsIt doesn’t matter what shape you are in or what type of body you have – safety looks good on everyone. The hottest safety-fashion accessory any season is your seat belt. It doesn’t matter if you are a dad coming home to your kids or a young adult returning to your dog, seat belts can make a big difference in assuring you return at the end of each day to those that you love the most.

Personnel updates for May 24 to June 6, 2024

Personnel updates for May 24 to June 6, 2024

June 13, 2024

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Roadside Chat – Whole World in Your Hand? Put the Phone Down!

Roadside Chat – Whole World in Your Hand? Put the Phone Down!

June 7, 2024

6-7-whole-worldTechnology has allowed us to connect to a world of information and people from around the globe right from the palm of our hands. But just because you CAN connect doesn’t mean you always should. One of those times when you should leave your phone tucked away is when you are behind the wheel of your vehicle.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 3,308 people lost their lives in 2022 due to crashes involving distracted drivers. Unfortunately, due to distraction primarily needing to be self-reported, we know that number is sorely underreported.

June 2024 Service awards

June 2024 Service awards

June 3, 2024

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Roadside Chat – Flashing lights on shoulder? Move Over

Roadside Chat – Flashing lights on shoulder? Move Over

May 31, 2024

5-31-flashing-lightsWhen you are behind the wheel you will likely encounter more people than just other drivers on the road. Whether it’s emergency responders helping with an incident, utility or maintenance workers, or someone whose vehicle has broken down, the actions you choose to take could make the difference between life or death.

So far this year there have been 12 pedestrian deaths on Iowa’s roads. When you think about a pedestrian death many imagine someone who is hit as they were trying to cross a city street. But the truth is the majority of those deaths are those that were struck along the side of a high-speed highway.

Personnel updates for May 10 to May 23, 2024

Personnel updates for May 10 to May 23, 2024

May 30, 2024

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Roadside Chat: In Loving Memory—Belts—Hugs—Donate for Life

Roadside Chat: In Loving Memory—Belts—Hugs—Donate for Life

May 24, 2024

5-24-in-loving-memoryThe last two weeks have brought profound sorrow to the Iowa DOT family.

We tragically lost Matt Dickerson, one of our maintenance employees out of our Neola Garage when he was struck and killed in a work zone on I-80 near Council Bluffs last Thursday. 

Earlier that week we were shocked to learn of the passing of Bob Mycka an assistant survey party chief in northwest Iowa.

And just this past Saturday, we received the devastating news that we lost Tracey Bramble, the consistent voice of the Iowa DOT’s social media, one of the creators of our overhead interstate board messages, and the writer of this blog. We can honestly say, our messages, and the Roadside Chat program will never be the same without Tracey’s personal stamp.

Roadside Chat: The Way You Drive Can Save Lives

Roadside Chat: The Way You Drive Can Save Lives

May 17, 2024

5-17-way-you-driveWhat you do behind the wheel can have an impact on the number of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends who are killed on Iowa highways. If every driver followed these four simple rules behind the wheel, everyone would be safer on the road.

Personnel updates for April 26 to May 9, 2024

Personnel updates for April 26 to May 9, 2024

May 16, 2024

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