Roadside Chat - Blue Ribbon Drivers move over for roadway workers

8-20 Blue Ribbon driversFor decades, receiving a blue ribbon in competition has symbolized quality and excellence at fairs and other contests around the world. But did you know the term was originally a transportation award? 

Reports have the “Blue Riband” as a prize awarded for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by passenger liners. Today drivers don’t receive accolades for speed. But we should be dubbing those that take care to move over or slow down when they see flashing lights ahead “Blue Ribbon” drivers.

Tragically In 2020, two Iowa DOT workers were killed while performing their duties on our roadways when they were struck by motorists who did not move over or slow down for a work zone. These crashes devastated the families of those killed and their coworkers and the communities in which they lived.

How does your driving impact others? –

So far in 2021, there have been 197 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase of 10 since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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