The importance of stop signs in rural areas

Sheriff on rural crashes: "We can contribute a number of those to speed and distracted driving."

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 8:19 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 6:21 AM

OSAGE, Iowa - Just how important is it to follow the rules of the road in rural areas?
Last Friday, four people were involved in an accident at 210th Street and Woodside Avenue in Eastern Floyd County, resulting in three fatalities.

On Monday night, three people were in an accident at Iowa Highway 9 and Balsam Avenue in rural Mitchell County, resulting in one fatality.

Both accidents occurred at rural intersections and where one driver failed to stop.

Mitchell County Sheriff Greg Beaver has been the Sheriff for 5 years, and while it is not yet known if there were contributing factors in either of the accidents, Beaver has noticed an increase in serious injury and fatal accidents.

"We can contribute a number of those to speed and distracted driving. Those two issues, if we could get a handle on those two issues, we would drive our personal accidents and fatalities down," Beaver says.

Nick Clark is with Helena Chemicals in Osage, and the company will soon be having heavy machinery on the roads.

While he has not experienced an accident himself, it has happened to one of his co-workers before, who was hit by an oncoming driver.


"They failed to ... they stopped, but they failed to yield to us. We had the right of way, and they pulled out in front of one of our semis, and they got very lucky that no one was injured," Clark says.

Clark says that regardless of the time of year, it is always important to follow the signs and the rules of the road.

"Watch the road in front of you, and also watch upcoming field driveways and other intersections and stuff like that where people might be turning in front of you," Clark adds.

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