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Message Monday - No texts, no books, no dirty looks


6-3 message mondayWith this week’s Message Monday, we’ve taken the liberty of updating the traditional end-of-school rhyme “No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks” to fit today’s information age behind the wheel.

How many times do you see someone texting and driving? Do you know what’s legal and what isn’t? Even if you’re stopped at a stoplight the ONLY things that are legal to do on your phone while in the driving lane of the road are talk on the phone and use GPS.

Are you guilty of breaking the law even though you know better? Data shows that the majority of drivers admit that distractions behind the wheel are dangerous, but those same people also say they commit that crime on occasion.

Avoid the dirty looks from other drivers and concentrate on the task of driving. Everyone will be safer that way.

The mantra of all school-aged kids this time of year since the 1970s - https://youtu.be/XbNEOJMGFAo

For 2019, there have been 113 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of six 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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