Archives: February 2018
February 27, 2018
You plan to stop and pick up a few things, so you get your list together, go to the store and pick up what you need. Or, if you’re an online shopper, just a few clicks of the mouse and your order is on its way.
The seemingly simple task of gathering the items you need has an incredibly complicated backstory.
February 26, 2018
February 26, 2018
Drowsy driving isn’t just a minor thing – it can be deadly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that driving drowsy causes more than 100,000 crashes, 1,550 deaths, and 71,000 injuries every year.
With Iowa’s many manufacturing, agricultural, and processing industries, long shifts are quite common and have caused drowsy driving to become a serious issue. Drowsy drivers have slow reaction times, often swerve in and out of lanes, veer off the road, and have a higher propensity to cause a crash.
February 19, 2018
In honor of President’s Day, we’re speaking this truth – driving sober saves lives. Every day an average of 29 people in the United States die in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. In 2016, U.S. families lost 10,497 loved ones due to someone getting behind the wheel after drinking. That’s about the same number as the population of Pella.
February 12, 2018
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Of the 35,092 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, 48 percent were not wearing seat belts. In 2015 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 lives and could have saved an additional 2,814 people if they had been wearing seat belts.
That simple click is like a hug that can save your life. - https://youtu.be/h-8PBx7isoM
For 2018, there have been 36 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of 11 since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf
February 7, 2018
February 6, 2018
When you see a snowplow go by during a winter storm, do you ever wonder how much it costs to get Iowa's roads back in good shape during and after a storm? If you’re a number cruncher or are just curious, you can see for yourself on a “Winter cost calculator” online tool developed by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The tool was unveiled about a year ago. It lets users see the cost of material, labor, and equipment; pounds of salt applied; and labor hours expended for the previous 48 hours during winter weather road maintenance activities. Information can be found on the total cost of statewide cleanup efforts, or users can zoom to a specific area of the map to find costs associated with the area being displayed. Iowa’s seven largest metro areas are preloaded in a bookmarks tab for easy viewing. Bookmarks can also be set to locations of a user’s choice.
February 5, 2018
When it comes to getting home safely after celebrating, whether it’s a major sporting event or just a night out with friends, are you the person everyone can count on? Be the DD and become the MVP, that one player your team can’t live without.
Here’s a quick look at nine perks of being a designated driver - https://youtu.be/mh5OoPBX4GY
For 2018, there have been 25 fatalities reported. The 2017 fatality stands at 332. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf
February 1, 2018