April 12, 2021
As you may have heard on the news, excessive speed has been a dangerous issue on America’s roadways, especially in the last year. While we can’t be sure what these drivers are thinking, we can assume they are going so fast because they think there is less risk with fewer cars on the road. Or maybe they have heard rumors that law enforcement officers are not out on the roads due to the pandemic. Neither of these assumptions is true.
What does it mean to be a champion? One definition is “a person who fights or argues for a cause or on behalf of someone else.” We need “champions” in the fight against distracted driving.
In your family, be the one who takes the lead to protect your clan. Stowing your phone when you’re driving shows your family and others riding with you that you’re serious about their wellbeing and models the kind of behavior you would like to see from them.
This time of year, our Iowa Department of Transportation maintenance crews turn their focus from plowing snow to making roadway repairs like patching potholes and painting. These activities often take our people out of their trucks on to the roadway, dangerously close to speeding traffic.
The sound and vibration of cars and trucks whizzing by you at 70+ miles per hour is something we learn to live with as we get the job done, but the fear of being hit by an inattentive or speeding driver is real and it takes a toll.
Our vehicles continue to get smarter and safer. From seat belts to anti-lock brakes to safety glass and crumple zones, vehicles have never provided better protection. But technology can only do so much. The decisions you make when you’re behind the wheel can make all the difference between life and death in a crash.