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Message Monday - will your driving change this number?


6-14 change behaviorThe status quo isn’t good enough. Our family members and friends continue to die on Iowa’s roadways at an alarming rate. In fact, 300 or more people have died on Iowa’s roads each year since 1925! No one should have to suffer through losing a family member, friend, or someone they know as a result of a traffic-related crash. We all have the power in our hands to change our driving behavior and work together to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Iowa’s highways.

Following these four basic rules and encouraging friends and family to do the same can reduce the number of deaths significantly.

  1. Drive sober and be a designated driver when needed.
  2. Buckle up and make sure everyone in your vehicle does the same.
  3. Slow down and keep calm behind the wheel.
  4. Make driving your only task behind the wheel by putting your phone away and reducing other distractions as much as possible.

Cell phones are far from the only thing that can distract you behind the wheel. Check it out -

So far in 2021, there have been 123 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase of six 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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