TRANSPORTATION MATTERS for IOWA

Message Monday - Nov. 16, 2015 - Leave sooner, drive slower, live longer


11-16-message-mondaySomeone loves you and wants you to be safe. That’s the simple premise behind this week’s message “Leave Sooner, Drive Slower, Live Longer.”

It’s so easy to get caught up in the rush of everyday life where the kids need to be dropped off at school or daycare, then it’s off to run a few errands before a busy day at work. We can all benefit from slowing down a little and taking extra care when we’re behind the wheel.

Try this, when you have to be somewhere at a specific time, leave 10 minutes earlier than you normally would. You just might surprise yourself by being in a better state of mind when you arrive.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two-thirds of all traffic fatalities involve behaviors associated with aggressive driving. Although speeding is the most common behavior, anything that places other people, vehicles, or property at risk is considered aggressive driving. Most actions connected with aggressive driving are illegal including speeding, running a red light, failing to stop at a stop sign, tailgating and weaving in and out of traffic.

Where’s the fire? The driver of the red Dodge Viper wasn’t thinking about safety and his trip didn’t end well. https://youtu.be/3-VUN4hUpXI?t=52s

The fatality count of 274 is an increase of three from last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf.

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