As you may have heard on the news, excessive speed has been a dangerous issue on America’s roadways, especially in the last year. While we can’t be sure what these drivers are thinking, we can assume they are going so fast because they think there is less risk with fewer cars on the road. Or maybe they have heard rumors that law enforcement officers are not out on the roads due to the pandemic. Neither of these assumptions is true.
While speeds may have gotten higher in the last year, speeding is not a new problem. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, speeding has consistently been a factor in approximately one-third of all roadway fatalities for nearly 20 years. The faster you’re going, the harder it is to control your vehicle. You have the power to slow down and keep yourself and others on the road safer.
2020 was a record year for this dangerous behavior in Iowa- https://www.weareiowa.com/article/news/verify/speeding-record-iowa-2020/524-ef66a179-d0d8-40e5-832b-10c9da4003d4
So far in 2021, there have been 56 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase of nine 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