Transportation Matters FOR Iowa

Roadside Chat - Buckle up - only clocks should spring forward

Roadside Chat - Buckle up - only clocks should spring forward

March 8, 2024

3-8 buckle up not spring forwardGetting ready to “spring forward” this Sunday? Springing forward to gain an hour of extra daylight is great, but if you are behind the wheel you want to make sure everyone in your vehicle stays firmly planted in their seat by making sure they buckle up, every trip, every seat.

As a driver, a seat belt will help keep you in the correct position to control your vehicle should you run into something unexpected. Quick maneuvers to avoid an animal or debris on the road can make you shift in your seat if you’re not buckled up. This shift can cause you to lose control of the vehicle and potentially crash.

How you can help keep Iowa roads safer

How you can help keep Iowa roads safer

March 4, 2024

Traffic on US 20One of the main things you need to be safe on the road is predictability. That means getting from Point A to Point B without any surprises. Whenever an unexpected incident happens, whether it is a crash, stalled vehicle, debris on the road, or anything else that could impact traffic, your trip becomes less predictable and more hazardous.


At the Iowa DOT, we rely on a lot of tools to help keep your trip as predictable as possible. Two of our core values, Safety First and Customer Focus, are put into practice doing just that in our Traffic Management Center in Ankeny. The dedic
ated staff monitors hundreds of roadside cameras 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and fields incoming calls from law enforcement and other sources. They then work to make sure you have the information you need by lighting up the message signs along the road and posting information to the 511 system.

 

March 2024 Service awards

March 2024 Service awards

March 1, 2024

ServiceawardInformation provided by the Business Systems Bureau

 

Roadside Chat - Less likely to crash when phone is stashed

Roadside Chat - Less likely to crash when phone is stashed

March 1, 2024

3-1 less likely to crashReading a quick text or checking email for a few seconds is typically harmless - unless you’re behind the wheel.

Recent research shows that 97 percent of Americans now own a cell phone of some kind and 90 percent of those phones are smartphones. In nearly every state including Iowa, texting while driving is illegal, yet we see people doing it all the time.

You may not realize how many people are impacted. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,657 people died in distraction-affected crashes from 2012 to 2021 in the United States. In 2020 alone, data shows that 342,652 people were injured in crashes where distraction was a factor.

Roadside Chat - Gambling with safety means betting your life

Roadside Chat - Gambling with safety means betting your life

February 23, 2024

2-9 gamblingsOdds are you sometimes take risks when you’re behind the wheel. Some of the risky behaviors, like reading a quick text, going just a little over the speed limit, or not buckling up in the back seat, are so common you may not consider them to be dangerous.

While you may not have been in a crash yet, decades of research related to traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths, indicate that these behaviors are risky. Combining these behaviors, like speeding and texting at the same time, greatly increases the risk.

Personnel updates for Feb. 2 to Feb. 15, 2024

Personnel updates for Feb. 2 to Feb. 15, 2024

February 22, 2024

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Modern equipment requires modern testing methods

Modern equipment requires modern testing methods

February 19, 2024

DashboardGetting behind the wheel of your vehicle today, you’re likely to have many additional safety features that didn’t exist even just a few years ago. This technology is also making its way into commercial vehicles that share our roads.

Updated technology is changing the training and driving skills required of commercial drivers. These updates are in turn changing the way we test the skills of the men and women behind the wheel of large commercial trucks.

Roadside Chat - Cruise at a safe speed or risk a shipwreck

Roadside Chat - Cruise at a safe speed or risk a shipwreck

February 16, 2024

2-16 cuise at safe speedWhat type of “cruiser” are you? Are you more of a pontoon captain behind the wheel who goes with the flow of the others on the road, or do you treat your vehicle like a speed boat, weaving in and out of traffic and disrupting traffic flow?

For some, it’s a matter of perspective and what you consider a “safe speed?”  If the conditions are dry, visibility is clear, and there isn’t a lot of traffic, the speed limit posted on signs in the area is what has been determined as a safe speed.

Personnel updates for Jan. 19 to Feb. 1, 2024

Personnel updates for Jan. 19 to Feb. 1, 2024

February 9, 2024

New personnel imageInformation supplied by the Business Systems Bureau

Roadside Chat - What's more relevant than driving sober?

Roadside Chat - What's more relevant than driving sober?

February 9, 2024

2-9 relevantAccording to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “relevant” means having a significant and demonstratable bearing on the matter at hand.

By that definition, where the “matter at hand” is making it to your destination safely, driving sober is one of the most relevant things each of us can do. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 13,384 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2021 (the last year where complete data is available). That’s one person every 39 minutes and a 14 percent increase in deaths from 2020.

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