February 27, 2013


In 2011, Iowa had 679 traffic crashes resulting from a driver distracted by a phone or other device.
Source: Iowa DOT - Iowa Crash History 2001 to 2011 (pdf)

Iowa data shows that in the decade between 2002 and 2011, a total of 6,697 crashes occurred that involved a distracted driver.
Source - Iowa GTSB - Distracted Driving Fact Sheet (pdf)

February 25, 2013

Iowa Bicycle Crashes

2012 Iowa Bicycle Crash Report (Iowa Bicycle Coalition)
Iowa Bicycle Crashes 2010-2012 (pdf)

February 8, 2013

2013 Iowa Bicycle Summit (Iowa DOT)
January 25-26

February 23, 2012

Speak up!

Sometimes it's hard to speak up - to give your opinion or defend something worth defending. But sometimes you have to. Especially when it involves your safety or the safety of others.

If you are in the car and your friends aren't buckled up, speak up!

Iowa's safety belt usage rate is 93 percent.
Know the Facts - Iowa DOT

July 13, 2010


When I consider traffic safety, I don't necessarily think about trains. I think it is because they seem demure. Let me explain. Trains are confined. They are slightly annoying when you are late, and they inconsiderately decide to zoom by on their tracks. However, they are not going to pull out in front of you and cut you off in the middle of the intersection. They are not going to be conducted by a drunk driver who puts your life at risk any time they get on the road. They are fairly predictable-- same route, same trajectory. Furthermore-- it is not a danger you can control or usually have to respond to-- like an animal dashing in front of the road or your own sleepiness to contend with.

However, in the same way that a gentle giant (say an elephant?) might be underestimated, unfortunately trains can be underestimated as well. This past year in Iowa, more than 52 collisions involving trains occurred according to a report by kimt News 3.

According to this same report, it can be difficult to gauge exactly how far away a train is. When the lights start flashing, people may still assume they have plenty of time to get across the tracks safely. Unfortunately, this is often not the case.

Here are some things you should be aware of:
  • Although trains may seem predictable, they are not on a set schedule-- do not assume just because a train usually comes at 3 p.m., it is okay to cross at 2:45 p.m.
  • Train tracks are actually considered private property- it is illegal to be walking on them.
  • It is very difficult for a train to stop. When one is going 65 mph, it can take up to a mile to stop with emergency brakes.
  • Trains overhang by about 3 feet on each side of the tracks-- so walking along side the tracks can be very dangerous.
  • Never stop on the tracks! Do not put yourself in that dangerous of a position.
  • Never try and 'outrace' a train-- it is not worth the risk.
Respect is a big part of traffic safety, and having respect for trains and the amount of power they hold will serve you well.

*To learn more about train safety and check out where the information for the above post was derived from, check out the following link.