Iowans who plan to celebrate the upcoming holiday with alcohol are being told to plan ahead. Patrick Hoye (rhymes with TOY), chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says Iowa roadways are already more congested over the busy holiday period, but adding intoxicated drivers to the mix ramps up the danger. Most fatal crashes in Iowa over the Fourth of July period, historically, have involved alcohol.
Hoye says these days, according to Hoye, it’s easier than ever to avoid driving drunk.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows nationally over the 2015 Fourth of July holiday period (6 p.m. July 2 – 6:00 a.m. July 6), 146 people were killed in crashes involving at least one motorist with a BAC of .08 or higher.
TWO AREA COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN AWARDED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS FROM THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. FAYETTE WILL RECEIVE 350-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR STORM SEWER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS. GARNAVILLO WILL RECEIVE 245-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN HOUSING SUSTAINABILITY FUNDING.
Motorists on Iowa roads have a variety of new state laws to navigate. Most laws passed by the 2017 Iowa legislature go into effect this Saturday, July 1st — including one about motorists involved in fender-benders. Senator Waylon Brown of Osage says it directs people involved in wrecks that ONLY result in damage to the vehicle to get out of traffic as soon as possible.
Supporters say this new requirement for drivers who are NOT hurt in an accident MAY reduce chain-reaction accidents.
AFTER A YEAR OFF, THE DECORAH ROTARY CLUB’S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION WILL RETURN THIS YEAR. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD TUESDAY NIGHT FROM FIVE UNTIL SEVEN P.M. TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE EVENT WILL FEATURE CRAFTS FROM ART HAUS, THE MUSIC OF A BRASS QUINTET, FREE ICE CREAM BARS AND THE DECORAH LIONS CLUB POPCORN MACHINE.
THE EITZEN, MINNESOTA FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW. TOMORROW NIGHT, A TRI-STATE TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL WILL BEGIN AT SEVEN AND CHALLENGER WILL PERFORM NEAR THE BEER GARDEN BEGINNING AT EIGHT P.M. EVENTS TUESDAY WILL INCLUDE THE GRAND PARADE AT NOON, A CHICKEN DINNER BEGINNING AT TEN-30 , A PEDAL PULL, FLEA MARKET AND FIREWORKS AT DUSK.
DECORAH CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED BOTH MONDAY AND TUESDAY IN HONOR OF THE INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY. CITY HALL WILL RE-OPEN WEDNESDAY AND THE DECORAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY NIGHT.