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Message Monday - We pity the fool who drives distracted


4-1 message mondayWhat’s the first thing you think of when you see someone on their phone behind the wheel? Does it make you irritated, maybe even a little angry?

In the line made famous by Mr. T in Rocky III, we “Pity the fool” who drives distracted. Not only is that person putting themselves in danger, they are increasing the likelihood of a crash for those on the road around them.

Distractions come in many forms, from the very obvious driver looking down and interacting with their phone instead of focusing on the road to the person enjoying a cheeseburger behind the wheel or the mom trying to quell a disagreement between her children in the backseat.

Make no mistake, anything that takes your complete attention off the task of driving is a distraction that could result in a crash.

Research shows drivers often overestimate their ability to multitask. https://www.nytimes.com/video/technology/1194841442782/distracted-drivers.html

For 2019, there have been 59 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of three since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count stands at 317. 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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