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August a deadly month on Iowa roads

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- August has been a deadly month on Iowa's roadways. From Aug. 1-Aug. 22, 40 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes. That's up from August 2009, when 29 people were killed.

Public Safety Commissioner Eugene Meyer urges drivers to pay keen attention to the roadway.

"As summer comes to an end and kids head back to school, it's important that drivers slow down, buckle up and refrain from using handheld electronic devices, like cell phones and iPods. Drivers need to be alert and aware whether they're on the highway or just a few blocks from home," Commissioner Meyer said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over 5,000 fatal crashes each year in the United States, or 1 fatal crash in 6, involves some form of distracted driving. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for all persons ages 5 through 34 in the United States.

Last year alone, a total of 372 persons died in Iowa traffic crashes. Iowa's fatality total was the lowest since WWII.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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