October 28, 2019
There’s no magic potion or mysterious spell that will turn you into a safer driver. Our lives are busier than ever, most drivers feel fairly confident behind the wheel, and vehicles are easier to operate than ever. That combination leads many of us to try to accomplish other tasks while we should be concentrating on our driving.
Whether you’re joining a conference call from the road, eating lunch, scheduling your kids’ soccer practice via text message, or touching up your appearance, any activity that isn’t directly related to the task of driving can be a dangerous distraction.
That may be a question you don’t even consider because you’re don’t feel drunk, just a little buzzed. Buzzed driving can be defined as driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 to .07, and although you’re technically under the legal limit for driving, driving while buzzed can be just as dangerous as driving drunk.
At both the Leadership Conference held in September, and in Mark’s August - September Director’s Report, we announced the second employee engagement survey would be launched within the next month. We now know that the survey should be delivered to your inbox on Oct 24 or soon after, almost one year from the original survey launch. Because the invitation to participate in the survey comes from Gallup, we will send you a reminder email a day or two before the survey comes out to look for it in your inbox.
When you leave your home, get into your car, and set a course for a certain destination, you expect to have a safe trip on reliable roads and bridges. That expectation only happens with a lot of behind-the-scenes planning from a network of professionals who use a variety of tools.
One of the tools traffic safety professionals use is a Strategic Highway Safety Plan. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, an SHSP is a “statewide coordinated safety plan that provides a comprehensive framework for reducing fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.”
The Iowa DOT has long been a national leader in traffic safety. Our long-term, strategic approach dates back several decades, so the development of a formal plan is second nature to us. Earlier this year, the Iowa DOT and our safety partners released the fourth version of the plan covering 2019-2023.