Archives: September 2015
September 28, 2015
Think about this for just a minute. Last year, 91 lives were lost on Iowa’s roads because of crashes with impaired drivers. This represents 28 percent of the 321 roadway fatalities in 2014. We could have decreased fatalities by nearly one-third if these drivers had simply handed over the keys to a sober friend or found another way to get where they were going.
September 24, 2015
September 21, 2015
More and more traffic crashes are due to drivers texting when they are behind the wheel. Approximately 1.2 million people worldwide are victims of this each year. So how can drivers be convinced not to text, or do anything else on a phone for that matter, while driving?
How about proving to them that it is a very bad idea by requiring them to text while taking a driving test? Watch how these Belgian drivers react when told they had to pass the ‘mobile phone test’ in order to get their driver's license.https://youtu.be/HbjSWDwJILs
The fatality count of 233 is an increase of seven from last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf.
September 14, 2015
We’ve seen it too many times this summer, parents forgetting their children in a car. The majority of these parents are not intentionally trying to harm their children, but the busyness of life gets the best of them and they actually forget about one of the people they care for the most.
Even with temperatures in the mid 70s, it takes less than 20 minutes for a vehicle to heat up to temperatures that can endanger your child or pet.
September 9, 2015
About a year ago Iowa DOT’s management rolled out a new strategic plan. Since veteran DOTers have seen a variety of strategic plans over the years, some were skeptical that anything would come of this “new” way for the agency to measure and improve its processes.
So what has happened with the plan over the last year?
September 8, 2015
North to south and east to west, you know something is big when law enforcement in 16 states work together towards a common goal. On Aug. 28-30, law enforcement from coast to coast in states along interstates 35 and 80 collaborated on the I-80/35 Challenge to reduce fatalities and serious injuries and increase awareness of impaired driving and seat belt use. The effort, which covered 4,500 miles, was expanded from last year’s successful I-80 Challenge.
The dates of the project were selected after a five-year review of crash data, showed the month of August to be one of the deadliest months for motorists on these two interstates.
September 7, 2015
If the celebration involves alcohol, step up and be a leader. Volunteer to be a designated driver and make sure your friends and family members make it home safely.
Watch this video to see just a few perks of being a designated driver - https://youtu.be/fS62TKHa0c8
The fatality count of 216 is an increase of nine from last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf.
September 4, 2015
When flood waters caused a railroad bridge near Little Sioux to collapse a few weeks ago, the Union Pacific Railroad had no way to know the link between Council Bluffs and Sioux City had been compromised.
Luckily, none of the eight trains that use the bridge daily were in the area, but the collapse of the Union Pacific bridge could have been catastrophic if the railroad had not been quickly notified of the bridge failure. That notification came when a driver on an adjacent road called the emergency contact number on a sign positioned at a nearby railroad crossing.
September 4, 2015
September 1, 2015