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Message Monday - Pandemic habits: Binge watching - yes Binge speeding - no


6-29 pandemic habitsFor many of us, the extra time at home these last few months meant watching a lot of TV. Many businesses and locations were shut down or workers may be doing their jobs from home, resulting in a significant reduction in the amount of traffic on Iowa roadways.

During this slow-down, law enforcement officers from state and local agencies remain out on the roads. What they are seeing is eye-opening. It seems some drivers see less traffic as a green light to significantly exceed the speed limit. Law enforcement stopping speeders at more than 100 mph used to be rare, but recently has become all too common.

Speeding is more than just breaking the law. The consequences are far-ranging:

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
  • Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger
  • Increased crash severity including more severe injuries and a greater amount of damage to vehicles

Does law enforcement give you a “cushion” for posted speed limits?

For 2020, there have been 108 fatalities reported. That is an increase of three since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office  of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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Iowa highway in the evening