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Message Monday - Your decisions drive safety

02/25/2019

2-25 message mondayEvery decision you make has a consequence. Sometimes you know exactly what’s going to happen when you decide to do one thing or another, sometimes the result is unexpected.

According to www.corporatewellnessmagazine, there are five steps to good decision making:

1. Identify your goal. When you get behind the wheel, a typical goal would be to make it to your destination safely.

2. Gather information for weighing your options. Information gathered to help ensure a safe trip could include checking weather and road conditions and making sure you haven’t consumed alcohol or drugs that would impact your ability to drive. Remember prescription drugs can impact your ability to operate a vehicle safely, too!

3. Consider the consequences. If it’s snowing or you’ve had a few drinks, is it worth the risk to drive home?
4. Make your decision.
5. Evaluate your decision.

National research shows 94 percent of highway fatalities are caused by drivers making one or more bad decisions. There are five choices you can make every time you get behind the wheel that will increase your chances of making it home safely at the end of each day.

  • Buckle up
  • Slow down
  • Drive Sober
  • Stay Alert
  • Focus on the road

Learning how poor decisions can impact your entire life - https://youtu.be/kCFLLF-A-Y4

For 2019, there have been 37 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of three since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count stands at 318. 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

 

 

 


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