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Roadside Chat – Facetime and windshield time could crack you up

Roadside Chat – Facetime and windshield time could crack you up

July 12, 2024

7-12-Crack-You-UpMobile devices have allowed us to not only hear the person on the other end of the line, but also see them. It can be a great way to stay in touch and share a laugh or two with your loved ones. But mixing video chatting with driving can become a deadly mix. 

Unfortunately, using your phone to video chat is just one of many types of distraction. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, mobile phone use was involved in 12% of car crashes.

Roadside Chat – What rhymes with whiskey? Risky! Drive sober.

Roadside Chat – What rhymes with whiskey? Risky! Drive sober.

July 5, 2024

7-5-Whiskey-RiskyMost people enjoy a good rhyme. Heck, without them Dr. Seuss and rap music wouldn’t be nearly as catchy. A good rhyme can also serve to remind us of the dangerous behaviors we may be about to partake in.

You may enjoy a few alcoholic beverages to celebrate the holiday weekend. If drinking is on your agenda, here are a few tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to keep you safe:

  1. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party, choose a non-drinking friend as a designated driver.
  2. If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys and help them arrange a sober ride home. 
  3. If you drink, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, a ride-hailing service, or a sober friend. 
  4. If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
  5. Always wear your seat belt — it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.

This week we had the chance to talk a bit about the “secret sauce” that goes into our weekly safety message. Hear all about it.

Thanks to Corey T. for the nugget that inspired this message!

In 2024 in Iowa, 137 people have been killed in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of 9 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 https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf

Roadside Chat – Buckle up before you go-go

Roadside Chat – Buckle up before you go-go

June 28, 2024

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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.

Roadside Chat – Drive buzzed & you may bee without a license

Roadside Chat – Drive buzzed & you may bee without a license

June 21, 2024

6-21-Bee-without-licenseIn Iowa you are over the legal limit to drive if your blood alcohol content is .08 or higher. How quickly it takes you to become legally drunk will depend on a variety of factors such as your body composition, the type of alcohol you are drinking, or how much food you ate. Even if you feel like you are just buzzed, you can start feeling and showing signs of impairment the moment you take your first drink.

Getting behind the wheel with any amount of alcohol in your system can impact your judgement and decision-making skills creating a dangerous situation for yourself, your passengers, and anyone who shares the road with you. In addition, your blood alcohol level can rise as your body processes the alcohol and you can go from buzzed to legally drunk leading to the loss of your license, fines, jail time, a variety of complications in your life, and even death.

Roadside Chat – Dad bods look better in seat belts.

Roadside Chat – Dad bods look better in seat belts.

June 14, 2024

6-14-Dad-bodsIt doesn’t matter what shape you are in or what type of body you have – safety looks good on everyone. The hottest safety-fashion accessory any season is your seat belt. It doesn’t matter if you are a dad coming home to your kids or a young adult returning to your dog, seat belts can make a big difference in assuring you return at the end of each day to those that you love the most.

Roadside Chat – Whole World in Your Hand? Put the Phone Down!

Roadside Chat – Whole World in Your Hand? Put the Phone Down!

June 7, 2024

6-7-whole-worldTechnology has allowed us to connect to a world of information and people from around the globe right from the palm of our hands. But just because you CAN connect doesn’t mean you always should. One of those times when you should leave your phone tucked away is when you are behind the wheel of your vehicle.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 3,308 people lost their lives in 2022 due to crashes involving distracted drivers. Unfortunately, due to distraction primarily needing to be self-reported, we know that number is sorely underreported.

Roadside Chat – Flashing lights on shoulder? Move Over

Roadside Chat – Flashing lights on shoulder? Move Over

May 31, 2024

5-31-flashing-lightsWhen you are behind the wheel you will likely encounter more people than just other drivers on the road. Whether it’s emergency responders helping with an incident, utility or maintenance workers, or someone whose vehicle has broken down, the actions you choose to take could make the difference between life or death.

So far this year there have been 12 pedestrian deaths on Iowa’s roads. When you think about a pedestrian death many imagine someone who is hit as they were trying to cross a city street. But the truth is the majority of those deaths are those that were struck along the side of a high-speed highway.

Roadside Chat: In Loving Memory—Belts—Hugs—Donate for Life

Roadside Chat: In Loving Memory—Belts—Hugs—Donate for Life

May 24, 2024

5-24-in-loving-memoryThe last two weeks have brought profound sorrow to the Iowa DOT family.

We tragically lost Matt Dickerson, one of our maintenance employees out of our Neola Garage when he was struck and killed in a work zone on I-80 near Council Bluffs last Thursday. 

Earlier that week we were shocked to learn of the passing of Bob Mycka an assistant survey party chief in northwest Iowa.

And just this past Saturday, we received the devastating news that we lost Tracey Bramble, the consistent voice of the Iowa DOT’s social media, one of the creators of our overhead interstate board messages, and the writer of this blog. We can honestly say, our messages, and the Roadside Chat program will never be the same without Tracey’s personal stamp.

Roadside Chat: The Way You Drive Can Save Lives

Roadside Chat: The Way You Drive Can Save Lives

May 17, 2024

5-17-way-you-driveWhat you do behind the wheel can have an impact on the number of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends who are killed on Iowa highways. If every driver followed these four simple rules behind the wheel, everyone would be safer on the road.

Roadside Chat: Seat belts hug you like I do - Mom

Roadside Chat: Seat belts hug you like I do - Mom

May 10, 2024

5-10 mothers daySometimes you just need a hug. Scientists have proven that being hugged can uplift your mood by releasing endorphins in your system that act as natural pain relievers, slow down your heart rate, and decrease the level of a certain stress hormone in your body.

When you feel that seat belt around you, your stress level may also decrease knowing that simple, two-second action can save your life.

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