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Iowa DOT Top 10 Safety Improvement Candidate Intersections

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By , September 23, 2014 10:11 am

(Some people might call it the most dangerous intersections in Iowa.)

Rank City County Location
1 Davenport Scott U.S. 61/Harrison Street and W Locust Street
2 Davenport Scott U.S. 6/W Kimberly Road and Marquette Street
3 Louisa U.S. 61 and Iowa 92 and Co Rd G48/Co Hwy 252
4 Cedar Falls Black Hawk Iowa 27/Iowa 58 and Viking Road
5 Ottumwa Wapello U.S. 34 and Iowa 149 and Wapello Street
6 Clay Co Rd B24/350 Street and Co Rd M50/240 Avenue
7 Davenport Scott U.S. 61/Brady Street/Welcome Way and 59th Street
8 Des Moines Polk U.S. 69/SE 14th Street and Maury Street
9 Boone U.S. 30/220th Street and Co Rd R18/L Avenue
10 Jasper U.S. 65 and Iowa 117 and Iowa 330

Iowa Ranks 2nd In Nation For Car-Deer Crashes: KCCI TV8 Des Moines

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By , October 5, 2011 1:28 pm

This article mentiones it is better to hit a deer than trying to avoid it.

Are traffic cameras a case of ‘Big Brother?’

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By , July 16, 2010 6:21 pm

“I just think there’s too much Big Brother out there,” said Des Moines City Council member Skip Moore on Monday, a quote that began an editorial in the Des Moines Register on Thursday, July 15, 2010. Unlike Councilman Moore, the Iowa newspaper supports the idea of traffic cameras. But there continues to be heated debate across the state over whether their existence is beneficial from a safety standpoint, or a “Big Brother violation.” As a campaign dedicated to safe driving practices, we’d have to side with the former.

Do you support traffic cameras at Iowa intersections? Why or why not? Leave a comment below or vote in our latest Twtpoll.

Online simulator proves texting while driving is no game

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By , July 14, 2010 9:05 pm

Last year, the New York Times posted an interactive driving simulator online to show how distracted driving – particularly texting – negatively impacts your ability to drive. In the wake of Iowa’s new law against texting while driving, we thought our readers may be interested in a virtual example of why this new law is so important to follow.

Studies show that drivers overestimate their ability to multitask behind the wheel. The simulator game measures how your reaction time is affected by external distractions. To try the simulator, click here to see how you do.
Have you ever had a close call because of texting while driving? Leave a comment, and let us know how that impacted you.

Fourth of July traffic crackdown starts today

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By , July 2, 2010 8:00 am

Tens of thousands of Iowans will be hitting the road this week for the 4th of July holiday. Not only will law enforcement be enforcing Iowa’s new cell phone law banning texting and more while behind the wheel, but they will be in full force across the state to crack down on drunk drivers, distracted drivers, speeders and other traffic violators.

Read the full news release issued by the Iowa Department of Public Safety (IDPS) below:

In conjunction with the Fourth of July holiday period, Iowa law enforcement agencies are announcing they will again be out in full force starting July 2nd through the 5th, cracking down on impaired drivers and other traffic violators to prevent crashes and save lives.

With hopes of warmer weather and an extended weekend, law enforcement will gear up for the 4th of July weekend. In addition to speed and seat belt violators, they will target drunk drivers. “Driving while drunk isn’t worth the tremendous risk,” said Larry Sauer, Bureau Chief at the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. “No matter your age, if you’ve had too much holiday spirit, you’d better find a safe and sober ride home or your chances of arrest are high.”

Sauer cited recent statistics to underscore the importance of the crackdown. “According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during the 2008 July 4th holiday period (6:00 p.m. Thursday July 3rd to 5:59 a.m. Monday July 7th), our nation recorded a total of 491 traffic-related deaths.”

Although Iowa had only 2 traffic fatalities in 2009, our 10-year average for this holiday period is 5. “Too many people still fail to understand that not buckling up, not driving the speed limit and driving impaired leads to loss of lives. It’s vitally important that we bring this tragic situation to an end,” said Sauer. “The cost of not obeying these and other traffic laws could be your life or the life of a loved one.”

During the 2009 July sTEP wave (special Traffic Enforcement Program), 237 agencies had contact with 472 alcohol/drug impaired drivers, 1,465 seat belt violators and 6,435 speed violators. In all, more than 16,200 traffic violations were recorded. Beyond these violations, officers assisted 844 motorists, investigated 344 traffic crashes and apprehended 143 wanted persons.

Driving out of town for the Fourth of July? Leave us a comment, or weigh in on our poll below.

Attention Iowa drivers! New cell phone law goes into effect this week

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By , June 28, 2010 8:44 pm

Starting this Thursday, July 1, a new law designed to cut down on driving distractions goes into effect. The law bans adults from reading, writing, and sending text messages while driving. It also bans drivers under the age of 18 from using any electronic communication device while driving, including talking on the a cell phone.

Violators will face a $30 fine, but that amount could increase if police determine that using a cell phone contributed to an accident that caused injuries. Iowa drivers are being given a chance to adjust to the new law, however. Law enforcement officers will only issue warnings for the first year.

For more perspective on Iowa’s new cell phone law, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier did a recent article on the issue. Or, to see where Iowa ranks in comparison to other states with similar cell phone laws, click here.

Do you think Iowa’s new cell phone law will make a difference? If not, why? Leave a comment, or weigh in on our latest poll:


Highway 63 bicycle accommodations possible, per Iowa DOT plan

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By , June 18, 2010 2:40 pm

The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) Commission has recently adopted a 5-year Transportation Improvement Plan, which spells out the priorities for the Iowa DOT from 2011 to 2016. All of the projects in the plan  – including a rehabilitation project along Highway 63 in Waterloo – could have bicycle accommodations, like paved shoulders. Interstate or freeway projects are not included in this list.

The list of projects to be initiated in fiscal year 2011 – including the Highway 63 project – is listed on the Iowa Bicycle Coalition website.

Nick Anderson shares important safety messages with local camp kids

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By , June 16, 2010 1:15 pm

Nick Anderson, spokesperson for Drive Safe Cedar Valley, shared some important safety messages with a younger audience today. He spoke to children attending the Quakerdale Mobile Camp at Hammond Brethren Church in Waterloo about seatbelt, pedestrian and bicycle safety. For more photos, visit the Drive Safe Cedar Valley Facebook page.

You can also listen in below to a YouTube video snippet of Nick chatting with the camp kids.

Centered on safety: rural highway rumble strips aim to reduce crashes

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By , June 14, 2010 3:18 pm

In an effort to reduce rural highway center line crossover crashes, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has adopted a policy to include center line rumble strips on certain sections of two-lane highways. According to a recent news release, 18-inch wide grooves will be milled into the center of the road to alert inattentive drivers when their vehicles are about to cross into the opposite lane.

Three test projects for center line rumble strips have already been installed on U.S. 34 in Union County, U.S. 52 in Dubuque County and U.S. 61 in Des Moines County.



RAGBRAI is around the corner!

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By , June 9, 2010 8:00 am

RAGBRAI 2010 will be rolling through Waterloo before you know it! The city will be an overnight stop on Thursday, July 29. It’s important that Cedar Valley drivers are aware of the routes, as thousands of bicyclists will be wheeling their way into and out of town. Are you avoiding certain roads during RAGBRAI? Leave a comment and let us know!

To view the full statewide route map, click here.
To view the Waterloo route map, click here.
To view a map of Waterloo, click here.