Message Monday

Buckle up because I said so – Love, Mom

How many times did you hear “because I said so,” when you were a kid? For many of us, that was the standard answer anytime a child questioned a parent’s directive.

We could all use a little guidance now and then. Especially when you learn that the guidance is rooted in sound advice. For example, did you know that nearly 34 percent of the people killed on Iowa’s roadways weren’t wearing seat belts? While it’s true that some crashes are so horrific that a seat belt wouldn’t have saved a life, it is estimated that at least half of those who died unbuckled would have survived. If they would have just taken the two seconds it takes to buckle up, a dozen or more people this year alone would still be alive.

 So if you won’t wear your seatbelt because safety professionals told you so, do it for your mom. Whether you’re 16, 36, or 56, consider yourself lucky if you have a parent who cares enough to chime in when you’re not doing something as safely as possible.

For 2018, there have been 92 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of seven since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

May 14, 2018