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Traffic Safety Educational Resources

The Cedar Rapids Police Department offers several traffic safety educational resources for your and your family. In 2019, an estimated 38,800 people lost their lives to car crashes in the United States.

As a driver, you must look out for yourself, other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  

We encourage you to review some of the educational resources below:

American Automobile Association (AAA) Roadway Safety Tips - includes information about driving in the direction of the sun, wet weather road conditions, driving drowsy, seat belt usage, what to do if your vehicle breaks down, wildlife crossing, aggressive driving, winter driving, and pet passenger safety.

Child Pedestrian Safety Information (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) - includes Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum that teaches and encourages pedestrian safety for students grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade. It is organized into five lessons: walking near traffic, crossing streets, crossing intersections, parking lot safety, and school bus safety. Each lesson builds upon previous set of skills learned.

Driving Safety (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) - Safety is both the Cedar Rapids Police Department and NHTSA’s number one priority. Our mission is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our nation’s roadways by getting drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to change their behaviors once they get behind the wheel or on the streets. 

Iowa Department of Transportation Safety Tips - includes information about distracted driving (1 in 4 crashes involves some sort of distract driving), motorcycle safety, seat belts, work zone safety, and statewide statistics.

Vehicle Safety (National Highway Traffic Administration) - Learn how to get vehicle recall information delivered to you if a safety issue is discovered.  There is also information on studies, reports, and information on vehicle safety.

Operating While Impaired Information:

Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility - includes facts about underage drinking and drunk driving, strategies to stop impaired driving, and ways to help kids say NO to underage drinking.

Iowa Department of Education - information about Operating While Intoxicated or Impaired in Iowa

Iowa Department of Transportation - Operating While Intoxicated laws in Iowa, including information about driver's license revocation, "zero tolerance" for drivers under age 21, driving while revoked, vehicle impoundment, and reinstating a driver's license, criminal penalties, and Iowa's ignition interlock devices.

Railroad Safety:

Iowa Operation LifesaverIowa Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit education and awareness program dedicated to ending tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights-of-way.

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