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DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE

DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE

Public Safety

Roxann Ryan, Commissioner

Mission Statement:
To serve the people of Iowa by providing public safety services with leadership, integrity and professionalism.

Measures:
Traffic fatalities
Alcohol-related traffic fatalities
Seat belt usage
Fire fatalities

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Highlighted Measure:

Rate of traffic fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

Data Source: Department of Public Safety

 

Updated 09/20/2016

GRAPH - Total Traffic Fatalities

Why this is important:
Traffic fatalities are the largest source of deaths from traumatic and unintentional injuries in Iowa. Traffic crashes far outstrip high profile categories such as suicides, homicides, or fires in terms of the numbers of victims.


What we're doing about this:
Enforcement of traffic laws by personnel of the Iowa State Patrol and by state troopers and local law enforcement funded in part by the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau constitute one of the state's major strategies to combat traffic hazards and reduce traffic fatalities.

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Highlighted Measure:

Percent of total fatalities that are alcohol related.

Data Source: Department of Public Safety

 

Updated 09/20/2016

GRAPH - Alcohol-related traffic fatalities

Why this is important:
Traffic fatalities are the largest source of deaths from traumatic and unintentional injuries in Iowa. Traffic crashes far outstrip high profile categories such as suicides, homicides, or fires in terms of the numbers of victims. While alcohol-related traffic fatalities have declined as a percentage of all traffic fatalities in recent years, alcohol-related crashes continue to account for about one quarter of all traffic fatalities in Iowa.


What we're doing about this:
The enforcement efforts of the Iowa State Patrol and the programming of federal funds by the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau are aimed at reducing traffic fatalities. Enforcement of drunk and drugged driving laws by personnel of the Iowa State Patrol and by state troopers and local law enforcement funded in part by the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau constitute one of the state's major strategies to combat the hazards of drunk and drugged driving and reduce traffic fatalities.

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Highlighted Measure:

Percent of Iowans who use safety belts.

Data Source: Department of Public Safety, State Patrol

 

Updated 09/20/2016

GRAPH - Seat Belt Usage

*The small decrease of 1.07% between the 2011 and 2012 usage rates may be due to the newly-adopted methodology used to collect the 2012 data.

Why this is important:
Seat belt use has been found to be very effective in protecting occupants of vehicles involved in crashes from death or serious injury.


What we're doing about this:
Seat belt enforcement efforts of the Iowa State Patrol and by local law enforcement agencies funded by and/or coordinating with the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau are aimed at increasing seat belt use by drivers and passengers in vehicles on Iowa roads. Iowa currently ranks #11 in the country in seat belt usage.

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Highlighted Measure:

Fire fatality rate.

Data Source: Department of Public Safety, Fire Marshal

Note: The 2015 national numbers will not be available until late 2016

Updated 09/20/2016

 

GRAPH - Fire fatalities

Why this is important:
Fire safety is a major responsibilityof the Department of Public Safety and fire departments throughout the state.

What we're doing about this:
The prevention, enforcement, and investigative efforts of the State Fire Marshal and programs to train local fire fighters provide the state's framework for promoting fire safety and support for local fire fighting efforts. The State Fire Marshal Division, in cooperation with the Iowa Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Iowa Fire Fighters' Association and Iowa's Fire Departments, have conservatively installed over 50,000 smoke detectors in residential occupancies throughout the state since 2011.

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