As more and more drivers are texting behind the wheel, Iowa State Patrol are taking an innovative approach to stop the dangerous behavior before it starts. It’s fairly common knowledge that texting while driving can be extremely dangerous, but up until now, there was no good way to catch people doing it except by chance or witnesses reporting them to authorities after they crash into something or someone. In an effort to make our roads safer, Iowa State Patrol are using semi truck s to catch texting drivers. The new tactic has the potential to dramatically reduce the number of car accidents and fatalities in the state.

According to KCCI:

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. As of today, there have been 254 deaths on Iowa’s roadways – that’s 10 more fatalities than on this date last year.

Quad Cities Live Music Venues That Aren't Live Music Venues Anymore

Nostalgia Alert!.

We've compiled a quick list (by no means comprehensive) of venues in the Quad Cities that are no longer music venues but to us will ALWAYS hold a special place were we saw some great shows and made some incredible memories.

To many of us the live music scene wasn't just a concert here & there. It was an every weekend affair. And it didn't matter if it was a touring band or your buddy's band. We were going to be there with a beer in hand and scream along with guitars that were way too loud in a room that was improperly treated acoustically and make some bad decisions.

The Best Country Singer From Every State

Some states, like Oklahoma and Texas, are loaded with famous country singers. Others, like Nevada and Maine, are still looking for a real breakthrough artist. See the best and most successful country music artist from all 50 states, starting with Hank Williams and Alabama.