Archives: August 2022
August 26, 2022
If you find yourself rushing to get from here to there, remember that cutting a few minutes from your drive by speeding or driving aggressively is not worth the risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2020, speeding killed 11,258 people in the United States. In Iowa in 2021, law enforcement officers determined speed and aggressive driving played a part in the deaths of 176 people.
August 25, 2022
August 22, 2022
Whenever you have a large amount of traffic of various vehicle types converging on one spot, there are a unique set of safety concerns. With “Safety First, “People Matter” and “Customer Focused” as three of our Iowa DOT core values, addressing these concerns is a top priority.
The Interstate 80/380 interchange in Iowa City is a major crossroads for the state of Iowa and the rest of the nation. As one of the busiest interchanges in the state, I-80/I-380 is a vital link in the overall connectivity, mobility, freight movement, and economic well-being. A multi-year project now underway includes installing new directional ramps to increase the safety and flow of traffic and replacing the current loop ramps that have seen weaving traffic which created congestion and safety issues.
August 19, 2022
Driving down the interstate, you get a feel for all the commerce that moves in the trailers of semis. With “Safety First” as a core value of the Iowa Department of Transportation, we’re doing everything we can to support professional drivers, including assisting in research to help them find parking when they need to rest.
August 19, 2022
Many Iowa school districts open their doors for students next week, which means you’ll be seeing school buses loaded with our most precious cargo. Do you know when it is safe and legal to pass a school bus?
August 12, 2022
Whether you’re spending a day visiting the Butter Cow, touring the livestock barns and catching a grandstand show, or just grilling out with friends and family, don’t let the fun end by allowing an impaired driver to get behind the wheel.
August 11, 2022
August 10, 2022
What does the Iowa Department of Transportation’s core focus “Making lives better through transportation” mean in reality? For our Cultural Resources team, it means working with Iowa’s tribes to help preserve their culture for future generations and bring the heritage of native peoples to travelers.
Traveling on U.S. 30 near Tama, you’ll notice new signs erected at the edge of the Meskwaki Settlement. The sign features the Meskwaki Tribal Logo next to the native language spelling of the tribe “Meskwakiinaki”, which is above the English spelling of “Meskwaki Settlement.”
August 5, 2022
Take a minute to think about this - more than half of the people killed in vehicle crashes in the United States in 2020 weren’t wearing seat belts. So far this year in Iowa, nearly 45 percent of those killed were unbelted. In our state, that means 60 mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are not enjoying the summer with their families when the simple click of a seat belt might have saved their lives.
One word may come to your mind when pondering these senseless deaths. “Why - why weren’t these people bucked up?”
August 1, 2022