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December 30, 2016
Roadway Fatalities Skyrocket in Iowa during 2016

Resolve to be a better, safer driver in 2017
 

BURNSVILLE, Mn (December 30, 2016) - Roadway fatalities have skyrocketed in Iowa during 2016.  The state will no doubt finish the year above 400 fatalities. That’s nearly one hundred more fatalities than in 2015 and a number all would agree is totally unacceptable.  As a result, it is very important drivers add to their resolutions list this year a resolution to be a better driver.  So what does that include?
 

  • Resolve to drive sober, free from alcohol and drugs. Impaired driving kills more than 10,000 Americans every year.
  • Resolve to pay attention, free from technology, grooming, daydreaming and other distractions. Driver error is the leading cause of all fatal crashes.
  • Resolve to slow down. Speed increases impact forces and decreases stopping distances.
  • Resolve to move over for emergency vehicles. Responders on the side of the road need space to work safely.
  • Resolve to use your signals and headlights. Safe driving requires being visible to others and letting them know of your driving intentions.
  • Resolve to look out for motorcycles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Fatal crashes involving those groups are increasing dramatically.
  • Resolve to drive with a relaxed, positive attitude. Nothing good comes of road rage. Other people can make mistakes just like you.
  • Resolve to wear your seatbelt. Not only will it keep you behind the wheel and in control, but it will keep you inside where your vehicle’s safety features can do their job.
  • Resolve to be a good role model for the next generation of drivers. Children don’t just start to learn to drive when they receive their permit; they watch and learn over the years.
  • Resolve to keep in mind driving is a privilege, not a right. The two-ton vehicle you’re driving and the people around you should be treated with respect. Do your part to help drive traffic fatalities down in 2017.
http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf
  
 

Contact(s):

Gail Weinholzer
phone: 952.707.4985
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 56 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.


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