Message Monday - Don't zone out. Stay alert in work zones

7-27 dont zone outNote: This week’s message is dedicated to Lynn Wm. Roder, a 14-year DOT veteran who lost his life in a work zone crash less than a week ago.   

With more people getting out and about, you’ll likely run into a work zone on an Iowa road this summer. The Iowa DOT alone has hundreds construction projects this season, and that doesn’t include maintenance projects or projects done by counties or cities.

We know you probably have a lot on your mind right now but keeping a close eye on your surroundings and the road ahead of you is extremely important if you’re behind the wheel, particularly when you are driving through a work zone. We take a lot of steps to keep workers in work zones safe, but they are counting on your behavior behind the wheel to make sure they make it back to their loved ones at the end of the day. Your choices and behavior are a life or death situation for them.

Nearly everyone zones out from time to time. It might happen more frequently when you feel bored or stressed, or when you’d rather be doing something else. Here’s why -

For 2020, there have been 140 fatalities reported. That is an increase of 10 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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