Congratulations to Jayden F. and Dedra H. for winning the October quiz contest. Thank you for caring about traffic safety.
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.
(Some people might call it the most dangerous intersections in Iowa.)
|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|
A 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.
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.
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The 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.
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.
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.
Safe 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.