The safety of our commuters has always been and will always be our number one priority. Strong enforcement is the cornerstone for safe driving. We would like to improve drivers’ awareness. “Click it or ticket” and similar messaging on DMS systems is most common. Iowa DOTD has developed messaging that is edgy but proving very effective. It is a safety message with a humorous twist. The messages are displayed one day each week (for 24 hours). We received permission from IOWA DOTD to use/mimic their safety messaging program.
We implemented the first safety message on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. This and all future messages will be posted every Wednesday on the DMS at the Toll Plaza and VOA for 24 hours (midnight to midnight). We’d like your help for future safety messages – especially something with a Causeway/local twist.
Driving on under-inflated tires is dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 1/3 of passenger cars, light trucks and SUVs are being driven with at least one under-inflated tire.
Under inflation is one of the leading causes of tire failure. If tire pressure is too low, too much of the tire’s surface area touches the road, which increases friction. Increased friction can cause the tires to overheat, which can lead to premature wear, tread separation and blowouts.
Blowouts can put the driver of the vehicle with the damaged tire as well as other drivers in harm’s way. A blowout could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash. Depending on the severity of the blowout, other drivers might swerve to avoid pieces of flying debris from the blown tire and crash their vehicles.
Although tire manufacturers recommend routinely checking air pressure once a month, many drivers never bother unless their tires appear low. That is a common misconception. Never trust your eyes. Radial tires can lose much of their air pressure and still appear to be fully inflated.
Please inspect your vehicle periodically for maintenance issues. This will allows you to catch and correct issues before they become big safety hazards. It is important to make sure your vehicle is receiving the necessary maintenance.
One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. Below are some statistics and facts, from the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), about the potentially fatal consequences of not wearing a seat belt and why it is important that everyone is properly buckled up every time.
Of the 22,215 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2019, 47% were not wearing seat belts.
Seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and could have saved an additional 2,549 people if they had been wearing seat belts, in 2017 alone.
Buckling up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas not buckling up can result in being totally ejected from the vehicle in a crash, which is almost always deadly.
Airbags are not enough to protect you; in fact, the force of an airbag can seriously injure or even kill you if you’re not buckled up.
Improperly wearing a seat belt, such as putting the strap below your arm, puts you and your children at risk in a crash.
With nearly 32.3 million Americans claiming Irish descent, it’s no wonder St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s most popular holidays. Sadly, it has also become one of its deadliest. Data shows that DUIs, alcohol violations, and alcohol-involved crashes spike on the holiday.
This year, luck just isn’t going to cut it. Here are some statistics, from a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the dangers of drinking while driving on St. Patrick’s Day:
For St. Patrick’s Day (in 2015 through 2019), there were 280 drunk driving deaths
In that same time period (2015 through 2019), 63% of crash fatalities involved drunk drivers
4.2 is the average number of drinks consumed per person on St. Patrick’s Day
In 2019, 31 pedestrians were killed in crashes where the driver had a BAC of .08 or higher
It only takes getting behind the wheel once after a few drinks on St. Patrick’s Day to change lives forever. Please do not get behind the wheel if driving.
Is driving slow in the left lane your pet peeve, AAA’s research has found it is also very dangerous. Their research shows that many traffic jams result from a surprisingly small number of slow cars obstructing traffic, with their effects rippling outward. Lane changes account for about 4 percent of all car accidents in the US, and perhaps as much as 10 percent of accidents on highways.
Meanwhile, research has generally shown that the strongest predictor of an accident isn’t speeding, but variance from the average speed of traffic — and a car going 5 miles per hour slower than the surrounding traffic has a greater chance of causing an accident than one going 5 miles per hour faster than it. If relatively slow drivers are scattered among the right and left lanes, faster drivers have to repeatedly slow down and weave back and forth, changing lanes many times to pass all of them. If the slower drivers are all driving in the right lane, a faster driver can pass several at a time, then get back into the right, cutting down on the total number of lane changes and eliminating the slowdowns.
AAA’s research also identified that left lane crawlers are often the leading cause of aggressive driving. For the fourth straight year, the AAA also found that aggressive driving was identified as the leading threat to highway safety. Please help keep the Causeway and Huey P. Lang bridges safe by keeping slower traffic in the right lane.