Roadside Chat - Cool your jets. It's a road not a runway

8-26 cool your jetsIt’s a busy time of year. School is starting, harvest is just around the corner and there seem to be more priorities than time for many of us.

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.

If you are lucky enough to just get pulled over and not get into a crash, the average cost for a ticket for aggressive driving is $195. Just a speeding ticket will run you anywhere from $92 to $402.

What does a crash look like at different speeds? Check this out -

In Iowa in 2022, there have been 213 deaths in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of nine 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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