Message Monday

To be fair, no blue ribbon for driving impaired

This time of year, hordes of people are flocking to Des Moines for the Iowa State Fair. There’s lots to see and do, including all kinds of competitions. Judges choose winners from everything from photography to all types of livestock.

Many of us go to the fair each year to find fun new foods and beverages. If those drinks include alcohol, don’t risk appearing before a different type of judge. Plan for a sober ride home.

Blue ribbons are great, but how can you become the Grand Champion behind the wheel? Follow these simple steps:

  1. Drive sober
  2. Buckle up
  3. Focus on the road
  4. Stay alert
  5. Chill out

There’s no shortage of things to do at the Iowa State Fair. Plan your adventures at

For 2019, there have been 186 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of five since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count stands at 319. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at


August 12, 2019