The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office is joining Iowa’s statewide Traffic Fatality Reduction Task Force in an effort to reduce deaths on Iowa roadways. As part of that effort, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, will be conducting a special enforcement initiative geared toward reduction of distracted driving on Oct. 2-4. This time period is one of the most deadly in the state according to the past 10 years of crash data.
Any activity that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road or your mind off the task of driving can be dangerous. Combining these behaviors doing things like texting while driving compounds the risk. Our officers will be joining law enforcement agencies from around Iowa to reduce distracted driving and help everyone arrive home safely.
DRIVERS CAN'T DO TWO THINGS AT ONCE
- Drivers who use hand-held devices while driving are 4 times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves or others.
- Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that is like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
- Nationally, in 2015, there were 551 non-occupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, and others) killed in distraction affected crashes.
YOUNG DRIVERS ARE ESPECIALLY AT RISK
- Younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted.
- Not surprisingly, young drivers text more than any other age group and the number of those who text is only increasing. It's a trend that poses a growing danger.
- Parents need to set a good example for their children and show them from an early age that is just not safe to text and/or talk on their phone while driving.
The eventual goal for fatalities in Iowa is ZERO, but the incremental goal for 2021 is under 300, down from 338 in 2020. If achieved, this will be the first time Iowa traffic fatalities were under 300 lives since 1925.
ABOUT THE IOWA TRAFFIC FATALITY REDUCTION TASK FORCE
On September 4, 2021 at around 9:36pm, the DCSO received a call in reference to motorcycle accident near the intersection of 260th Avenue (M56) and 160th Street.
Gerald Kirchner (62) of Terril was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson southbound on 260th Avenue when he failed to make the curve. Kirchner then entered the east ditch and was ejected from the motorcycle. Kirchner was suspected to have serious or incapacitating injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. The motorcycle was considered totaled. The accident remains under investigation.
The DCSO was assisted by the Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, Spirit Lake Police Department, Spirit Lake First Responders, and Boji Tow.
On September 3, 2021 at around 7:32pm, the DCSO received a call in reference to a motorcycle versus deer accident. The accident occurred in the 1400 block of 260th Street (A43).
Christopher Zoet (51) of Archer, IA was driving a 2007 Honda VTX 1800 eastbound on 260th Street when a deer came out of the ditch. Zoet struck the deer causing him to be ejected from the motorcycle. Zoet was suspected to have minor or non-incapacitating injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. The motorcycle was considered totaled.
The DCSO was assisted by the Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, Lake Park Rescue, Milford Fire Department, and Boji Tow.
The following is a press release issued by the Iowa State Sheriffs & Deputies Association
Recent news of the pending law suit against Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard, filed on behalf of Gary DeMercurio and Justin Wynn (Coalfire Labs, a Colorado-based cybersecurity firm) after they were rightfully arrested being caught having broken into the Dallas County Courthouse, has the Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies’ Association left scratching our heads and frustrated. By all accounts, a crime was committed and the proper crime prevention/deterrence protocols detected the breach and allowed for law enforcement intervention.