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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.

Roadside Chat: Be nice, look twice for bikes

Roadside Chat: Be nice, look twice for bikes

May 3, 2024

5-3 be nice look twiceWith spring in the air, lots of folks are taking to the road on two wheels. Whether on a motorcycle or bicycle, being “Iowa nice” and sharing the road comes with responsibilities for everyone.

Roadside Chat: Save lives! Drive safely. Be an organ donor.

Roadside Chat: Save lives! Drive safely. Be an organ donor.

April 26, 2024

4-26 organ donorDonors are superstars! That’s the theme of this year’s National Donate Life Month.

Did you know that 1.6 million Iowans have said “yes” to becoming an organ and tissue donor? Of those, 97 percent signed up at a DMV.

Heads up speeders! Iowa DOT helping smaller cities and towns improve safety

Heads up speeders! Iowa DOT helping smaller cities and towns improve safety

April 22, 2024

Speed and slow downDo you ever find yourself driving and suddenly realize you're going faster than you thought? It's a common scenario, especially on familiar roads, where getting a bit too heavy-footed on the accelerator is easy. This habit can be dangerous, particularly as you come into a town where you'll often see frequent stops and people crossing the road. Unfortunately, it’s typical for drivers to miss these reduced speed limits.

Willy Sorenson, a traffic safety engineer in the Traffic and Safety Bureau, noted a common request from cities. “They often ask about lower speeds as you enter their city limits to increase the safety of their streets, but they have a few issues including budget constraints and limited law enforcement availability to enforce the lower speeds. We wanted to step up and find a way to offer cost-effective solutions to help these smaller cities and towns improve safety.”

Roadside Chat: Cheapest way to save a life? Pay attention

Roadside Chat: Cheapest way to save a life? Pay attention

April 19, 2024

4-19 cheapest way_If you drive, you’ve likely seen someone in a vehicle around you trying to multi-task behind the wheel. Your most important job behind the wheel is to pay attention to your driving. While that might seem a little boring, especially on a route you take every day, your life and the lives of those around you count on your ability to pay attention.

Roadside Chat - Coming to a road near you... be work zone aware

Roadside Chat - Coming to a road near you... be work zone aware

April 12, 2024

4-12 coming to a road near youHave you seen one yet? Road construction work zones are popping up all over Iowa to help make roads safer for you and your family.

Work zones come in many shapes and sizes. Large work zones that stay in place for several weeks or months are easier to spot, but you still need to travel around them cautiously. Some work zones use moving trucks that fix shoulders or paint lines on the road. Others are small, short-term stationary work on things like filling potholes. These moving and smaller work zones can sometimes be more dangerous, especially if you’re not paying attention to what is ahead of you.

Roadside Chat - Final four winners: buckled, sober, slow & focused

Roadside Chat - Final four winners: buckled, sober, slow & focused

April 5, 2024

4-5 final fourWith all the hype surrounding college basketball tournaments and the Hawkeye women playing in the Final Four, here’s a reminder of the winning final four to stay safe while behind the wheel.

Roadside Chat - Keep your peeps safe. Buckle your bunny!

Roadside Chat - Keep your peeps safe. Buckle your bunny!

March 29, 2024

3-29 keep your peeps safeWhether your kids are in the backseat or your best friend is riding shotgun, we all want our “peeps” to be safe when we’re behind the wheel.

Making sure every person in your vehicle is properly buckled up can go a long way to reducing the number of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, and friends who die every year on Iowa’s roadways.

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