Transportation Matters in Iowa

Archives: July 2019

Message Monday - Feel the heat? Make it a habit to check baby seat

Message Monday - Feel the heat? Make it a habit to check baby seat

July 29, 2019

7-29 check back seatIt may seem difficult to believe, but an average of 38 kids die every year in the United States due to heatstroke from being left in hot cars. Last year was an especially dangerous year, as 52 children perished in this way. Already this year 21 kids have died according to https://www.kidsandcars.org/how-kids-get-hurt/heat-stroke/

Heatstroke in children can happen quickly, as their bodies are smaller and weigh less, and are more prone to the effects of extreme temperatures. It doesn’t need to be a hot day. When the temperature outside is as low as 60 degrees, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 110 degrees. If a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, the child will die.

Personnel Updates for June 28 to July 11, 2019

Personnel Updates for June 28 to July 11, 2019

July 24, 2019

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Personnel Updates for June 14 to June 27, 2019

Personnel Updates for June 14 to June 27, 2019

July 24, 2019

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Personnel Updates for May 31 to June 13, 2019

Personnel Updates for May 31 to June 13, 2019

July 24, 2019

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Personnel Updates for May 17 to May 30, 2019

Personnel Updates for May 17 to May 30, 2019

July 24, 2019

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Prehistoric creatures abound in Iowa roadways

Prehistoric creatures abound in Iowa roadways

July 23, 2019

MCZWachsmuthCrinoidDid you know the limestone that goes into many Iowa roadways is full of prehistoric creatures? Throughout millions of years of geologic history, when present-day Iowa was covered by oceans, sea creatures were everywhere. Fossilized fragments of sea creatures were left behind in the rocks that were deposited by these oceans.

One of most prominent groups of fossils are the crinoids. Also referred to as sea lilies, researchers say the fossils have survived about 500 million years of Earth history and crinoid skeletal fragments make up a significant portion of Iowa's limestone deposits. This limestone is used for road base, as agricultural lime, as building stone, and as a component in concrete.

Message Monday - Buckle up - every seat, every time

Message Monday - Buckle up - every seat, every time

July 22, 2019

7-22 Every seat every timeWhether you’re loading the family up for a vacation or picking up friends for a dinner date, do you make sure everyone is securely buckled?

With some exceptions, Iowa law requires all children under age 18 to be in an appropriate car seat, booster, or seat belt, no matter where they are seated in the vehicle. Unfortunately, adults over the age of 18 are only required to buckle in the front seat.

Even though it’s not mandatory in Iowa law, having every person in your vehicle securely buckled up can reduce serious injuries and save lives in a crash. In Iowa, data from the last 10 years show that unbuckled, adult passengers in the back seat are three times as likely to be killed in a crash compared to those who are belted.

Message Monday - leave safe gaps to avoid mishaps

Message Monday - leave safe gaps to avoid mishaps

July 15, 2019

7-15 message mondayYou’re in traffic. It’s hot. You’re tired, and the kids just asked, “are we there yet?” for the 114th time. You just want to get where you’re going, but now the car in front of you isn’t going as fast as you’d like. What do you do?

For many of us, the impulse might be to close the gap between you and the car ahead to signal your frustration. But tailgating and other aggressive driving behaviors can be dangerous or even deadly. And the aggressive behavior may spread to other drivers.

Message Monday- That's the temperature, not the speed limit

Message Monday- That's the temperature, not the speed limit

July 8, 2019

7-8 message mondayDon’t be a hothead this summer. When the mercury rises, tempers can get a little short, increasing the perceived need to get where you need to go more quickly than the speed limit would allow.

#Engage team meetings – the next step in the process

#Engage team meetings – the next step in the process

July 1, 2019

#engageWhen many of us took the Gallup 12 survey last fall, we weren’t totally clear, and many were even openly skeptical, about what the survey was all about. How could 12 relatively vague questions help us improve our work culture?

As Director Mark Lowe said in his Jan. 3, 2019, email to all employees, “So now to answer the big question – how did we do?  Well, let’s not sugarcoat it my friends – we have room to improve.”

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