Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

S-N Editorial

100 deadliest days of summer

Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of summer as barbecues and road trips kicked off posthaste. The calendar’s flip brings with it a reminder to remember one simple task to save lives during the “100 deadly days of summer.”

It’s perceived everyone wears a seat belt, but data shows that’s not true. In 2023, 45 percent of traffic fatalities in Iowa were unbuckled, translating to 123 lives lost. In a Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) survey of over 1,450 Iowans, 88 percent reported always buckling up in the front seat; only 67 percent always buckle in the back seat.

No matter the type...