September Safety Quiz Winners

By , October 9, 2014 2:56 pm

Congratulations to our first winners: Devin D. and  Myah-Marie S.

Their names were drawn among 28 people who had answered all the questions correctly.

Iowa DOT Top 10 Safety Improvement Candidate Intersections

By , September 23, 2014 10:11 am

(Some people might call it the most dangerous intersections in Iowa.)

Rank City County Location
1 Davenport Scott U.S. 61/Harrison Street and W Locust Street
2 Davenport Scott U.S. 6/W Kimberly Road and Marquette Street
3 Louisa U.S. 61 and Iowa 92 and Co Rd G48/Co Hwy 252
4 Cedar Falls Black Hawk Iowa 27/Iowa 58 and Viking Road
5 Ottumwa Wapello U.S. 34 and Iowa 149 and Wapello Street
6 Clay Co Rd B24/350 Street and Co Rd M50/240 Avenue
7 Davenport Scott U.S. 61/Brady Street/Welcome Way and 59th Street
8 Des Moines Polk U.S. 69/SE 14th Street and Maury Street
9 Boone U.S. 30/220th Street and Co Rd R18/L Avenue
10 Jasper U.S. 65 and Iowa 117 and Iowa 330

Waterloo’s 1st Green Traffic Signals

By , September 17, 2014 3:13 pm

SolarA set of fully solar powered traffic signals are installed and operational on Kimball Avenue to serve Orange Elementary School. This is probably the first one of its kind in Iowa and one of a few in the nation. The material was paid for by Waterloo School District. City of Waterloo personnel designed and installed it. This is a hybrid signal and remains dark until someone pushes a pedestrian button. See how these signals work.

The signals use wireless technology to communicate. The control technology and application of it was developed by OMJC, a local Waterloo firm.

City of Waterloo Traffic Safety Radio Campaign

By , July 5, 2013 12:43 pm

RadioTo positively affect driver behavior, City of Waterloo has started a radio broadcast traffic safety campain. This was made possible by an Iowa DOT traffic safety grant: 

Improve Driving Listen   Evening at Home Listen    Home Safe Listen

What Etiquette Do You Suggest to Reduce Cell Phone Related Traffic Accidents?

By , May 31, 2013 3:10 pm

It takes 2 to make a cell phone connection. We might be able to help save lives. For example:

1- When calling someone on their cell phone ask them if they are driving.

2- When texting someone ask them not to reply if they are driving.

SHARE YOUR IDEA

Bicycle Helmets Reduce Head Injuries

By , May 24, 2013 10:26 am

bicycle helmet-1Bicycle_1The season for increased bicycle activity has arrived. In Black Hawk County about 200 bicyclist visit hospital emergency rooms every year. There is the danger of head injury. Bicycle helmets are proven to reduce head injuries by 80 percent. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention a lot of bicyclists don’t wear a helmet. Children are more at risk. They have a sense of immortality. Children bicycle related deaths and  injuries can be reduced by use of helmets. In Black Hawk County about 50% of the bicycle emergency room visits are people 18 years old and younger.

Help Cedar Valley Transportation Officials Plan for a Better Transportation Systems

By , April 5, 2013 11:18 am

Have your opinion on safety and efficiency of Cedar Valley’s  transportation system heard. Take the survey that helps them make better decisions on planning for roadways, bike trails, transit, etc.

Be A Little Bit More Careful At The Newly Opened Shaulis Road Extension & Hwy 21 Intersection

By , December 10, 2012 2:49 pm

Intersection of Shaulis Road and IA 21 (Hawkeye Road) in Waterloo recently changed from a 3 leg to a full 4 leg intersection.  This location has been experiencing traffic accidents. Crashes have been happening while a driver who is waiting to make a left turn is  met by an unsuspecting driver causing a rear-end collision. City of Waterloo and Iowa Department of Transportation are working together to find a solution, possibly adding left turn lanes. Meanwhile please be more careful when going through this intersection.

ADDRESSING CELL PHONE USE IN CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY BOOKLET

By , December 6, 2012 10:07 am

Sammy and use of cell phone while drivingSafe driving culture is shaped from very early ages. Drive Safe Cedar Valley has included cell phone use in a children’s activity booklet. By the time grade school children become adults the cell phone might have changed as we know it now. The interference of electronic communications with driving, however, will probably be even more complex. Technological advances provide lots of oppurtunities that were unavailable to us many years ago. At the same time they create situations, some of which life threatening, such as texting and driving.

WATERLOO’S FIRST SPEED TABLE (RAISED CROSSWALK)

By , September 18, 2012 9:08 am

Waterloo’s first speed table is scheduled to be installed in the 600 block of Burton Avenue this week. This is an attempt to improve pedestrian safety at an existing crosswalk.  The crosswalk will be raised 4 inches. It will be 10 ft wide. There will be 6 ft tapered approaches on both sides of the table.  Waterloo normally installs speed humps to control speed in residential areas.  At this location improving the crosswalk is the main goal. Park Road will be closed to through traffic from Fairview/Lafayette to Burton Avenue.  Burton Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Conger to Park Road.  The public will be able to drive to the baseball fields. The roadwork will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 and should end by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.