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Message Monday - Excess speed is not our "new normal"

06/22/2020

6-22 new normalWhile you might still be figuring out what everyday life looks like while living with COVID-19, one thing hasn’t changed – our need to be safe behind the wheel.

During the height of the pandemic, traffic was cut in half on some Iowa roads. With fewer cars on the road, it appears that some people saw less traffic as an opportunity to travel at much higher speeds.

Excessive speeding is dangerous no matter how much traffic is on the roads, but it becomes much more dangerous as more of us venture out on the roads driving the posted speed limit. When these drivers think they have the road to themselves and come up on a much slower vehicle, especially on rural roads that are not designed to be driven at high speed, the results are often devastating. Excessive speeding not only puts you, but everyone else on the road in danger of a crash, serious injury, and possibly even death.

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It appears that Iowa is not alone in the number of people excessively speeding. This CBS news report from April shows similar instances across the country - https://wtop.com/dc-transit/2020/04/drivers-caught-speeding-over-100-mph-nationwide-during-lockdown/

For 2020, there have been 105 fatalities reported. That is an increase of seven since last Monday. 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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