January 21, 2020
Each generation wants to change the world for the better. As we remember Martin Luther King Jr. today, his push for change came from the perspective of racial equality. King and all those who came before and after have made a significant difference in the way people treat each other. Is there 100 percent equality yet? No, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying.
In a similar way, some people question the reasoning behind a “Zero Fatalities” goal for Iowa highways. Granted, this goal isn’t on a scale with racial equality, but it is a goal that some people feel will never be achieved. One thing is sure, if we don’t do all we can to reduce crashes, we’ll never get to Zero.
The holidays are over and life is moving ahead into another Iowa winter. The gray, cold days of January and February can tend to make you sleepy, especially if you’re an early riser who doesn’t see the sunlight each morning.
Getting up early and driving to work in the dark can cause us to be sleepier all day long. Sunlight triggers our bodies to stop producing the hormone melatonin, which makes us sleepy at night. When we don’t catch that sunlight in the morning, we can miss out on the trigger to cue your body to shift into daytime mode.
Most of us have heard the mantra “don’t drink and drive” over and over as we’ve grown up. While drunk driving remains high on every safety professional’s list of serious concerns, another issue on the rise is impaired driving caused by drugs, especially as the number of states who have legalized marijuana grows and attitudes towards that particular drug loosen.
Whether you’re taking illegal drugs, have a prescription, or are just trying to treat a cold with over-the-counter medicines, if you feel different, you drive different.