January 2, 2020 - 12:53 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The new year has dawned, and most of us enter a new year with resolutions…things we plan to do or accomplish over the next 12 months.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Kevin Krull has a New Year’s Resolution that’s a good idea for anyone who drives a motor vehicle.

For several years we’ve heard the term, “designated driver’, but Trooper Krull says Designated Texters can help the driver avoid distractions.

Krull says when you’re behind the wheel, one-hundred-percent of your attention needs to be devoted to driving.

He says we need to be defensive drivers.

Trooper Krull offered a case in point.

Krull says 56% of all serious injury accidents in Iowa have a common contributing factor…lane departure, or leaving the roadway. There are several reasons, including distracted driving, drowsy driving, impaired driving, and driving too fast for the road conditions.

Trooper Krull says fatalities on Iowa roadways for 2019 were up a bit from the year before, with 335 people losing their lives in traffic crashes. He says the goal is to get those numbers below 300 each year.

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