Airline Highway & Logan Avenue (US 63)
Fletcher Avenue & W. 4th Street
US 218 & W. 11th Street
US 218 & W. 9th Street
Hammond Avenue & San Marnan Drive
Sergeant Road (US 63) & Fletcher Avenue
University Avenue & Ansborough Avenue
Sergeant Road (US 63) & University Avenue
Williston Avenue & Baltimore Street
US 63 and Washington Street
US 218 Off-Ramp and US 63
Days are becoming shorter. Sadly Cedar Falls and Waterloo both have experienced fatal pedestrian-car crashes in recent years. Most of our area fatalities have been during dark hours of the day. Some have involved alcohol. Alcohol impairs a pedestrian just like it impairs a driver. Pedestrian and bicyclist must help others see them. Wear bright, reflective, and even fluorescent colors. Wear safety retro-reflective gear. Carry something bright and even a light if possible. Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 6. Mornings will be darker. Don’t walk close to the edge of street with your back to traffic.
Lives may have been ruined at the intersection of Hess Road and Shaulis Road last Friday. Alcohol might have been involved. According to Waterloo Police Department web site a young driver was charged with driving while intoxicated, running a stop sign, and other violations. This driver ran into another car. The victim was transported to Covenant Medical Center, and then transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment. Traffic safety is a matter of life and death and must be taken seriously.
Too many needless deaths and injuries are cause by traffic accidents. Hopes, dreams, and lives can easily be ruined in a traffic crash. I was terrified when I recently witnessed an incident on Highway 218 in Waterloo. An SUV intentionally turned in front of another car to punish it for going too slow. At 65 mph this could have ended up in a disaster and many people, including myself, could have been injured. We need to improve our driving culture. We need to reduce losses and sufferings to make our area a better place to live. A car crash can ruin our lives. Many of the deaths and injuries caused by traffic crashes can be avoided with better driver behavior.
Traffic safety education must start at an early age. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started a campaign to provide tools to help children walk and ride more safely.
A global plan for making the roads safer has been developed by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration.
Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments will be hosting a Crash Analysis & Safety Improvements Workshop on October 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Waterloo Crash Analysis 10-11-11 Flyer
This article mentiones it is better to hit a deer than trying to avoid it.
Days are getting shorter. Light colored clothing and reflective gear makes walking and bicycling a little safer.