Roadside Chat – Buckle up before you go-go


Did you know that seat belts save more than 13,000 lives every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration? That’s a pretty impressive job for a piece of fabric that has come standard with every vehicle manufactured since 1968.

Before you go-go make sure you click your belt, every seat, every trip. It a two-second investment in time that can literally save your life.

Make sure you are wearing your belt correctly:

  • Your shoulder belt should hit you between your shoulder and your neck. Many vehicles have the ability to adjust the height of your shoulder belt for a better fit depending on your size.
  • Wear your shoulder belt across your chest, never tuck it behind your back or under your arm.
  • Wear your lap belt across the hips and upper thighs, under your stomach.
  • Pregnant women should take extra care on where they place their belt. Check out tips on proper belt placement.

Here’s a little earworm to play you into your weekend.

In 2024 in Iowa, 128 people have been killed in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of 2 since last Friday. In Iowa in 2023, there were 377 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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