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New barriers in place after second car hits Cedar Rapids Driver's License Station

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A driver hit the wrong pedal Friday and crashed into the Cedar Rapids Driver's License Station -- the second time this has happened since the station opened in January.

The Iowa Department of Transportation has been working to protect the building since the first crash this spring.

"Somewhat ironically, they were being delivered and installed sometime next week," said Mark Lowe, Director of the Motor Vehicle Division of the Iowa DOT.

Now there's concrete barriers in place -- the kinds you see near interstate construction. Those are just temporary until the new ones the DOT ordered come in  next week. With a second car hitting the building, they didn't want to leave it unprotected.

"Even though you feel that these are one-in-a-million incidents, we felt like we really needed to do something for that short period of time," said Lowe.

The DOT took a look at all its facilities.  Buildings like the one in Cedar Rapids, where parking is so close to the front doors, have barriers now. If there's a parking lot between them, then they don't.

It's all to help prevent another crash from happening.

"The one thing that we have that sets ourselves apart is that we do have new and inexperienced drivers and drivers that may be incapable that are there to see if they're safe to drive," said Lowe. "That adds an element that's slightly different than other locations."

The DOT says buildings in Dubuque, Ottumwa, and Sioux City all have barriers in place now.

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