April 2, 2018
You know we’re in Iowa when we move right from winter to construction. In an effort to keep everyone safer in work zones, we’ll be sharing photos on social media for National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13.
Similar to what we did last year when employees donned orange to promote work zone safety, we’re asking all Iowa DOT employees who have an interest to snap a photo of individuals or groups wearing safety vests. Send the photo to email@example.com. During Work Zone Awareness week, look for your photo, inserted into the “Invested in Safety” photo frame on the Iowa DOT’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and on the Zero Fatalities Facebook and Twitter feeds. Feel free to encourage other highway professionals or those interested in highway safety to join the fun by posting their own photos in safety vests on social media and using the hashtag #investedinsafety
Thanks in advance for your participation and let’s make this “investment” count!
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.
Remember when Iowans voted on our new county standard license plate designs online and at the Iowa State Fair last August? The chosen design is now ready to roll off the production line at Iowa Prison Industries and they will start arriving in county treasurers’ offices (and appearing on Iowa’s roads) in the next few weeks.
“The main purpose of license plates is to make the vehicle easily identifiable,” said LaVonne Short with the Iowa Department of Transportation. “We did quite a bit of testing to make sure the new plates serve that purpose well.”
Every journey has its ups and downs. Whether you’re following your favorite team to the finals or just following a line of traffic on the highway, unexpected roadblocks can alter your course. To keep you safely in your seat when unexpected things happen on the road, always buckle up – every seat, every time.