Traffic fatalities are on the rise in Iowa

Iowa traffic deaths back under 300

The state has recorded 302 traffic fatalities this year. The annual numbers have been increasing since 2018.



traffic fatalities. ROAD DEATHS IN IOWA HAVE GONE IN EACH OF THE LAST THREE YEARS. THIS WEEK THE STATE RECORDED ITS 300TH DEATH ON THE ROADS. AND A STATISTIC REALLY STANDS OVER THOSE WHO WERE KILLED. IOWA IS FAR FROM RECORD-HIGH DEATH, BUT THE TREND IS NOT A POSITIVE. IN 2020, THE STATE PATROL HAS SET THE TARGET TO REDUCE LESS THAN 300 ROAD DEATHS. THE ACTUAL NUMBER IS HIGHER THAN THIS SINCE THIS. A KEY FACTOR: 44% OF ALL KILLED ON IOWA’S STREETS WERE NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT. We caught up with driving instructor Rich Stone to hear what he has to say to the students. A LOT HAS TO DO ONLY WITH COMPLYING WITH TRAFFIC LAWS. I THINK IF YOU DO WHAT YOU SHOULD DO, YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT OTHERS. BUT IT’S ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO BE DEFENSIVE WHEN DRIVING ON THE ROAD. IT’S FAIRLY OBVIOUS WHAT DRIVERS ARE NOT WATCHING AND THE HABIT OF CHECKING OUR PHONES DOESN’T SEEM TO CHANGING. JERRY TYNESIDE DURING THE DRIVE TO DES MOINES FOR THE EAGLES CONCERT. WHEN YOU HOLD A PHONE IN ONE HAND AND ARE IN REASONABLE CONDITIONS, IT CERTAINLY DOES NOT MAKE YOU LIKELY TO REACT QUICKLY TO AN OUT OF CONTROL SITUATION. WINTER DRIVING SUDDENLY INTRODUCES ADDITIONAL CHALLENGES. STONE SAYS HIS OWN PET PEEVE IS DRIVERS WHO DON’T CLEAN THEIR WINDOWS, ESPECIALLY NOW SINCE IT’S COLD. THEY GET THE FROST ON THE WINDOWS AND THINGS AND PEOPLE DON’T CLEAN THEIR WINDOWS. CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS. TAKE THAT EXTRA TIME. DELETE ALL WINDOWS. NOT JUST THE POINT YOU CAN SEE OUT OF THE WINDSHIELD. OVER THIS TIME MORE MEN THAN WOMEN WERE KILLED IN THE STREETS IN THE LAST YEAR. ANDREW MULHOLLAND BACK KCCI 8

Iowa traffic deaths back under 300

The state has recorded 302 traffic fatalities this year. The annual numbers have been increasing since 2018.

Iowa traffic fatalities have surpassed 300 again this year as the state has seen a steady increase in fatalities since 2018. To date, this year’s total of 302 deaths is slightly lower than 2021. Late last year, Iowa recorded 356 deaths. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, 44% of those killed on Iowa’s roads were not wearing a seat belt. In 2021, men were three times more likely to be killed than women. Iowa’s highest traffic death toll was in 1970, when 912 people were killed.

Iowa traffic fatalities have surpassed 300 again this year as the state has seen a steady increase in fatalities since 2018.

To date, this year’s total of 302 deaths is slightly lower than 2021. By the end of last year, Iowa had recorded 356 deaths.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, 44% of those killed on Iowa’s roads were not wearing a seat belt.

In 2021, men were three times more likely to be killed than women.

Iowa’s highest traffic death toll was in 1970, when 912 people were killed.

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