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"Zero Fatalities" program launches as Gov, Lt. Gov encourage roadway safety

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Iowa's roadways play host to travelers, agricultural equipment, and cars simply on a commute. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Iowa are asking all of those drivers directly, to make sure they're driving as safely as possible.

"We need to encourage people to pay attention when they're driving, to not be using a cell phone or texting or anything like that, and just to be focused on the responsibility of driving, wear their seatbelts, and be cautious out there," Gov. Branstad said.

The Zero Fatalities program focuses on five components of safe driving: slowing down, driving sober, focusing on the road, staying alert, and buckling up.

Trooper Nick Albrecht with the Iowa State Patrol says he and the rest of Iowa's officers are enforcing those practices as best as they can already, but having the help of Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds certainly helps send the message.

"It's great to have the backing of the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor in focusing on reducing the fatalities on Iowa's roadways," Trooper Albrecht said.

Especially, Trooper Albrecht says, as the long holiday weekend approaches. He says it's important to make good decisions to protect your life, and the lives of others.

"We hope this makes them a little more aware that they need to stay focused out here and drive safe, especially during these holiday weekends that we have coming up, and just paying attention to the road and what they're doing," Trooper Albrecht said.

An issue Governor Branstad says he's focusing on, simply because the potential for loss on Iowa's roads is too great, to take the issue of safe driving lightly.

"Nobody wants to lose their family member to a traffic fatality," Gov. Branstad said.

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