‘Slow down, put the phone down and buckle up’: Law enforcement ask Iowans to do more to save lives on the road

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DES MOINES, Iowa (WHO-TV) — Iowa’s top traffic safety officials held a press conference Tuesday to address the recent spike in fatal car crashes.

The Iowa Traffic Fatality Reduction Task Force is hoping to reverse what it says is an alarming trend of dangerous driving and extreme speeding seen during the pandemic.

As of Tuesday morning, there had been 119 traffic fatalities in 2021. In May there were 41 traffic deaths, which is a monthly high total for the year so far.

These are the numbers for the last five years in the state, from the Iowa DOT:

YearNumber of Deaths
2020337
2019336
2018319
2017331
2016402

Officials have a goal of keeping the number of traffic fatalities under 300 for the first time since 1925.

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