Roadside Chat - What drives you to buckle up?

3-10 what drives you to buckle upDid you know that almost half of the people killed on Iowa roadways so far this year weren’t buckled up? These are real people who won’t be joining friends for dinner or picking up kids at daycare or making it home to feed the dog. They will never celebrate another birthday or holiday. The repercussions of just one death can have a ripple effect throughout families, communities, and beyond.

Buckling up is simple and the benefits are clear.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  1. If you buckle up in the front seat of a passenger car, you can reduce your risk of:
    1. Fatal injury by 45%
    2. Moderate to critical injury by 50%
  2. If you buckle up in a light truck, you can reduce your risk of:
    1. Fatal injury by 60%
    2. Moderate to critical injury by 65%

Buckling up is just one of the ways you can help make Iowa’s roads safer. Another is to join the fight for safer roads by connecting with us as we discover, together, what drives you to be a safer driver:

Thank you for buckling up, slowing down, paying attention, and wearing your seat belt every time you are behind the wheel. It makes a difference for all of us.

So far this year in Iowa, 47 people have been killed in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of two since last Friday. In Iowa in 2022, there were 338 traffic-related deaths. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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