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By schnurrjerr39771130, Jan 18 2017 09:17PM

Wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of death for drivers and front seat passengers by 45% according to the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Iowa State Patrol is working with schools to help monitor young drivers. AAA, the Iowa State Patrol and Casey’s General Stores have joined together to reward teens who are “caught” wearing their seatbelts to and from school. If teens are “caught” wearing their seatbelts, an officer may give them a coupon for a free 32 oz. fountain drink or slice of pizza from Casey’s General Stores. Drivers and passengers are eligible for these coupons. This program runs through the end of this school year. Please remind your young drivers to buckle up as they head off for school.

By schnurrjerr39771130, Dec 1 2015 05:10PM

It is estimated that 2,000,000 people in the United States suffer closed brain injuries each year. Approximately 500,000 of these injuries are serious enough to require hospitalization. Most brain injuries are rated as “mild”. A brain injury can be a life-altering event which affects every area of a person’s life, including work, recreation, relationships with family members and others close to them. A brain injury often changes roles and responsibilities within the family. Family members and others close to a person with a brain injury may struggle to cope with behavioral changes caused by the brain injury. The injured person may also struggle to adjust. Family members and other close the injured person may feel stressed, burdened, even depressed by the major changes in activities, responsibilities, daily schedules, leisure and support that are required to adjust to the consequences of a brain injury.

Brain injuries can disturb a person’s alertness and concentration, perception, memory, learning, reasoning, planning and problem solving, emotions, speech and language. It can also have an effect on the way the injured person sees the world and their brain’s ability to gather information and make sense of it. A person with a brain injury may also experience changes in behavior, including self-control, self-awareness and response to social situations.

Brain injuries are very complex and can impact an individuals’ life in many ways. It is important to get appropriate treatment early. Often, it is necessary to have a number of medical experts involved in the treatment, such as neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists and pain specialists.

An excellent resource for those who have suffered a brain injury and their families is the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa. Their website can be found at www.biaia.org.

By schnurrjerr39771130, Nov 3 2015 09:27PM

With ever increasing demands on our personal and professional time in today’s busy society, learning to juggle multiple tasks at once is something we all face daily. As a result, a new traffic safety epidemic has emerged on America’s roadways that demand immediate attention: distracted driving according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.gov).

In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. One of the most alarming and widespread forms of distracted driving is cell phone usage. According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55-mph for the length of an entire football field. And a 2014 special article in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the risk of a crash or near-crash among novice drivers increased with the performance of many secondary tasks, including texting and dialing cell phones.

Text messaging is of heightened concern because it combines three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive. In other words, texting involves taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving.

To tackle this ever-increasing problem, NHTSA is focusing on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness and education—the same tactics that have curbed drinking and driving and increased seat belt use.

NHTSA’s message is simple – “One Text or Call Could Wreck it All.” With supporters ranging from President Obama to Adam Levine and legislation being passed across the nation to discourage distracted driving, we hope drivers get the message loud and clear.

So the next time your are pressed for time, and it seems like multitasking in the car is the best decision, remember, a text or call is not worth your life or the life of anyone else.

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