Roadside Chat - Cats have 9 lives. You're not a cat. Put down the phone.

6-9 you're not a catAccording to the ancient proverb, “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays." The origin of the proverb is unknown, but its reach is worldwide, being quoted in works from Shakespeare to Newsweek.

While the saying has spread far and wide, obviously as living creatures, cats only have one life.  The saying is likely just a way to express the idea that cats are resilient and able to survive various hazards.

Most humans are not as agile as cats. We don’t have the data on cat distractions, but we know that it is very easy for humans to be distracted, especially when driving.  When you’re behind the wheel, protect the one life you have and put down the phone.

Cat people will appreciate this

So far this year in Iowa, 135 people have been killed in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of nine 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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