Published: Friday, May 20, 2016
For many, buckling up in a vehicle is second nature. However, in 2014, 9,385 people nationwide lost their lives as a result of not buckling their seat belt; and in Iowa in 2014, 118 of the 322 crash fatalities were not buckled up. In our rural state, it is important to note that nationally 61-percent of pickup truck fatalities were not buckled.
Iowa’s seat belt compliance rate is at 93 percent, one of the best in the nation but, still, too many of the state’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. Those are lives that could have been saved. The consequences of not buckling up are too high, don’t become a negative seat belt statistic, always buckle up!
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that passenger vehicle occupants are buckling up more during the day but not enough at night. The May 23 – June 6, 2016 Click It or Ticket mobilization focuses on seat belt violators 24/7, but a strong enforcement effort will be made between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., due to the significant number of violators and fatal crashes during that time.
“Law enforcement plays an important role in helping protect the safety of our citizens,” said Pat Hoye, Chief of the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. “Time after time, we see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers not wearing their seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important steps in increasing survivability in a crash.”
As you travel near or far this Memorial Day, remember to buckle up in the back seat as well as in the front. Rear seat passengers are three times more likely to die in a crash if they are unbuckled. In real life we don’t get a second chance.
Media contact: Alex Murphy, GTSB Spokesman, Office of the Commissioner – DPS, at (515) 725-6189.
Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office is looking to hire a full time 911 Communications Dispatcher. Must be able to work days and nights, weekends and holidays. Applicants must have above average communications skills, and have the ability to multitask. All applicants are subject to a background investigation.
The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office offers excellent pay and benefits. Interested persons should submit a cover letter and resume by May 31st 2016 @ 4:30PM.
You can mail resumes to: Dickinson County Sheriffs Office, Attn: Jarrod Fischer, PO Box 214, Spirit Lake, IA 51360.
The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.