October 30, 2018
Smashed, blotto, totaled, wasted, sloshed, under the table… those are all terms used to describe being drunk. Over the years most of us have come to realize that if you’re very drunk you shouldn’t drive. Your friends might take away your keys, call a sober ride or let you crash on a couch because they recognize the need to keep you from behind the wheel.
But what about other terms that might not invoke that sense of being out of control? Do you drive if you’re “just” buzzed or lit? Allowing legal driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 might give a false sense that you aren’t impaired after just a few drinks, even though the opposite may be true.
Nate said the day started off with him playing with his four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son. Then it was off to daycare for the kids and to the lake for Nate. “Usually my wife goes with me,” he said, “But that day she was busy, and I couldn’t find anyone else to go. It’s the first time in years I’ve gone fishing alone.”
How engaged are you in your work at the Iowa DOT? Are you involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to your work? It’s a simple question that can have a lot of impact on your wellbeing and our performance and capacity. Whether you can’t wait to get to work every morning or you struggle to find the motivation to step into the building, your chance to make a difference in our work culture is coming soon.
Later this week we’ll all be asked to complete a survey as part of #Engage. As you’ve probably already heard, the survey is just a first step on our journey to get a feel for how engaged we currently are and find ways to make our workdays more enjoyable and productive. You’ll be asked to use a rating scale to score these questions.
Director Mark Lowe said, “Participation in the survey is completely voluntary, but until we get a good grasp on how we are doing, it’s tough to move forward to get better. So, I encourage as many people as possible to participate.”
Do you remember the freedom you felt the first time you got behind the wheel of a car with no adult supervision? For many teens, turning 16, grabbing the car keys and picking up a few friends to cruise around town is a rite of passage, but one that can be deadly.
While Iowa kids can get a permit to drive with an adult at age 14 and a minor school license at 14 ½, many kids still lack adequate experience behind the wheel to know how to handle many situations once they start driving on their own at age 16. Throwing in the distractions of a couple of passengers on top of that inexperience is a recipe for disaster.
Every good boss wants the best for the people under his/her control. When you’re the boss in your vehicle, you should want the best for your passengers, even if your good intentions aren’t well received.
Iowans do a pretty good job of buckling up in the front seat with about 92 percent compliance. It’s the folks in the back that may not realize the importance of buckling up. While seat belt use is mandatory in the back seat for anyone under age 18, adults don’t often understand why the backseat buckle is so important.
Whether it’s a feeling of obligation to answer texts immediately or a fear of missing out on the greatest new cat video on Facebook, just one trip on any road in Iowa will tell you people are using cell phones consistently behind the wheel, even when it’s against the law to do so.
Every day in the United States, nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in motor vehicle crashes linked to distracted driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So how do we change behavior to make distracted driving unacceptable?
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good party, whether you’re the king of the castle or the court jester. Did you know drunk or high drivers were responsible for more than one-third of the people who died on Iowa highways in 2017?