Iowa State Patrol Using Semi Trucks to Catch Texting Drivers
As more and more drivers are texting behind the wheel, Iowa State Patrol are taking an innovative approach to stop the dangerous behavior before it starts. It’s fairly common knowledge that texting while driving can be extremely dangerous, but up until now, there was no good way to catch people doing it except by chance or witnesses reporting them to authorities after they crash into something or someone. In an effort to make our roads safer, Iowa State Patrol are using semi truck s to catch texting drivers. The new tactic has the potential to dramatically reduce the number of car accidents and fatalities in the state.
YOUNG DRIVERS ARE ESPECIALLY AT RISK
- Younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted.
- Not surprisingly, young drivers text more than any other age group and the number of those who text is only increasing. It's a trend that poses a growing danger.
- Parents need to set a good example for their children and show them from an early age that is just not safe to text and/or talk on their phone while driving.
- The eventual goal for fatalities in Iowa is ZERO, but the incremental goal for 2021 is under 300, down from 338 in 2020. If achieved, this will be the first time Iowa traffic fatalities were under 300 lives since 1925. As of today, there have been 254 deaths on Iowa’s roadways – that’s 10 more fatalities than on this date last year.