Message Monday

Don’t you forget about me as you drive on by

It’s a sad fact that most of us have been touched in one way or another by someone who has died in a crash. This type of tragedy should be a rarity. But unfortunately, between 2013 and 2017, the average number of people killed on Iowa highways each year is 338.

That’s one person almost every day.

Why do we find these tragedies acceptable? There is something you can do. Take a good look at your own actions behind the wheel. If every driver would simply do these five things, together, we could practically eliminate traffic deaths:

  1. Buckle up
  2. Slow down
  3. Pay attention
  4. Stay alert
  5. Drive sober

Like tears for those we’ve lost, “Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling, down, down, down, down”…

For 2018, there have been 59 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of four since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at


March 26, 2018