Roadside Chat - Vets protected you. Protect others by driving sober

11-11 veterans dayEvery Nov. 11 we take a step back to honor those who have served our country. Celebrations of Veterans Day often include ceremonies thanking those brave individuals who leave their homes and families to protect our freedom.

While veterans have protected us from threats we may not always see, threats here at home are often much easier to combat. Drunk driving is one. If you’re going to be drinking, here are some basic tips to protect yourself and everyone else on the road.

  1. Designate a sober driver before you start your evening.
  2. Stay where you are if it is safe to do so.
  3. Call a rideshare service to take you home when you’re ready to leave.

To find out more about Veterans Day, go to

In Iowa in 2022, there have been 297 deaths in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of 12 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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