November 26, 2018
In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers and passengers who buckle up are 45 percent less likely to die and 50 percent less likely to be moderately injured in a crash.
What’s holding you back? Buckle up every seat, every trip.
To keep things friendly and light, what are the two things you typically avoid talking about at family gatherings? Most people would say religion and politics because those topics tend to stir up strong feelings and possible disagreements. But what happens when Uncle Joe is enjoying his time at Thanksgiving with a few drinks, and you’re worried how it may impact his drive home?
To improve traveler and responder safety and to keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible during an incident, emergency response professionals from all over Iowa are training together to improve traffic incident management, often called TIM.
The deer rut, for those who haven’t experienced it, is simply deer mating season. Male deer known as bucks, seem to lose their minds and have been known to run blindly into oncoming traffic chasing a female. And, of course, there are the females running away from the bucks and not paying particular attention to where they are going either.
No one has perfected weather forecasting but having a professional outlook on the weather headed our way is essential to many of our functions, especially as we move into the winter season. This year, our maintenance office has contracted with a weather forecasting service to provide all Iowa DOT employees video forecasts twice a day, available on the service’s website.
Tina Greenfield from the Office of Maintenance, said, “We’ve always had a text forecast available on the weather forecasting service’s website, but it wasn’t very prominently displayed and was really geared towards those of us who needed specific details on upcoming storms.”
Because distracted driving due to cell phone use is a relatively new danger on roadways, there isn’t great data to show how devastating the issue really is. But we all know that if we aren’t guilty of using the phone behind the wheel ourselves, we’ve seen any number of other people putting lives in danger by driving distracted.
You would think a huge orange snowplow truck would be easy to spot, but in the midst of a winter snowstorm, even the behemoths that plow snow can become nearly invisible. For those brave souls venturing out into the storm, the Iowa Department of Transportation is doing more than just plowing snow to keep you safe.
“Making our snowplow trucks as visible as possible is a major focus during a winter storm,” said Craig Bargfrede, Iowa DOT winter operations administrator. “Snowplow trucks typically travel much slower than other traffic only going around 35 miles per hour or less. When they hit drifts, they can throw large snow clouds around them. This can disrupt the vision of drivers in vehicles traveling around the plows and potentially create increased risks for crashes.”