Roadside Chat - Taxes can wait. So can that text.
Do you put things off until the last minute? If so, this is your year to put off filing your federal taxes for another few days. Traditionally, you would be required to file your federal income taxes by April 15. This year, the Internal Revenue Service is closed on April 15 in observance of Emancipation Day, a locally recognized holiday in the District of Columbia. Instead, your taxes are due Monday, April 18 allowing you a few extra days to get those forms submitted.
If you’re a procrastinator, you have a great opportunity to put off reading or writing that text until you’re safely parked. If you’re not a procrastinator, you may think you’re a multitasker who can do more than one thing at a time. But driving and cell phone conversations both require a great deal of thought. When doing them at the same time, your brain is unable to do either well. If you put off reading or writing text messages while you’re driving it could save your life.
Help us and the National Safety Council commemorate Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Just Drive. https://youtu.be/iUNCAMKZbFk
So far in 2022, there have been 70 deaths in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of five since last Friday. 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