Roadside Chat - Be a leader, not a speeder

6-10 be a leader not a speederWhen you’re traveling from point A to point B, the goal should not be to get there first; but to get there safely. When you’re behind the wheel, what traits do your passengers see in you?






Are you:

  • aggressive, always wanting to beat the person next to you?
  • a tailgater, following that “slower” vehicle ahead of you too closely?
  • weaving in and out of traffic to get ahead?
  • running red lights that might slow you down?

Be a true leader by showing those around you that you care for your safety and theirs. Watch your speed, calm down and get where you’re going safely.

Thanks to Mark M. from Ankeny for this message suggestion! If you have ideas for safety messages, go to to see how your message will look on the signs and submit it to our database for consideration.

In Iowa in 2022, there have been 132 deaths in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of eight 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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