August 30, 2019
It’s an exciting time in the Danville home of the Boughton family. The backpacks are loaded and ready for Harris, 6, and Cate, 5, to start school. But the excitement over a new school year could have been eclipsed by tragedy. On July 19, Bridgette Boughton and her two children were in a crash on U.S. 61 between Burlington and Mediapolis.
“My husband Shawn and I have always been sticklers for making sure the kids are buckled up. It’s just what you do,” said Boughton, “But after the crash, it really hit me that my kids could have died without being properly buckled into those seats. It’s so much more than just a routine thing.”
Seat belts are a sticky subject for some people. Back to school time in Iowa has many of us picking up school supplies for our kids. While it’s silly to think these school supplies would hold you in your seat, the excuses to not buckle up are equally as ridiculous.
Over the years attitudes towards drunk driving have slowly changed, making it socially unacceptable in many circles. Research shows that most of us agree that we should discourage anyone who is noticeably drunk from getting behind the wheel of a car and never drive in that condition ourselves.
But what if you or your friend just had a few beers, smoked a little marijuana, or maybe you’ve been prescribed a new medication that bears a warning label to use caution when driving? Recognizing non-alcohol impairment might seem tricky and is harder to measure than a blood alcohol content of .08. But it’s as simple as answering this question, “Do you feel different than normal?” If so, the safest choice is to not drive.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has been a champion for organ donation for many years. Becoming an organ donor in Iowa is easy. You simply have to say “yes” to the question when asked at a driver’s license service center. We take it from there, getting your name listed on the organ donor registry.
In early August, we were able to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Iowa Donor Network, the group we have been working with since 2015 to register organ donors and raise awareness about organ and tissue donation.
This time of year, hordes of people are flocking to Des Moines for the Iowa State Fair. There’s lots to see and do, including all kinds of competitions. Judges choose winners from everything from photography to all types of livestock.
Many of us go to the fair each year to find fun new foods and beverages. If those drinks include alcohol, don’t risk appearing before a different type of judge. Plan for a sober ride home.
When you are in your car, that pressure to get moving on to the next thing can cause you to disregard some common sense safety tips. Following these tips not only allow you to get where you’re going but help all the other drivers arrive alive, too.