Iowa driver arrested after failing to stop vehicle for passengers

Early Friday morning in Iowa City, a 26-year-old Cedar Rapids woman was arrested after she was accused of driving under the influence, and refusing to let passengers out of her vehicle.

According to the two male passengers, the woman offered them a ride in her minivan to their desired destination. The men got into the motor vehicle, and were prepared to exit when they arrived at their destination. Discrepancies regarding the payment for the ride arose, and the driver drove off with the men still inside her vehicle.

The passengers became frightened and call Iowa City police, claiming that they were being held against their will. They felt that their only option was to jump from the vehicle before the driver turned onto Interstate 80. Police were able to locate the woman, who was driving west on I-80, and successfully pulled her over.

Police noted that the woman was intoxicated, and also smelled of marijuana. She was arrested, and held on a $6,000 cash-only bond.

Speed limit increase contributes to rise in Iowa highway deaths

The overall traffic-related deaths in Iowa are on the decline, but highway deaths are continuing to climb throughout the state. This rise in highway deaths is believed to be associated with the speed limit increase for rural highways that was implemented back in 2005.

The speed limit increase, from 65 mph to 70 mph, has contributed to the 10 percent rise in highway-related traffic deaths since 2005. Records available through the Iowa Department of Transportation indicate that there were 250 fatalities on the highways in Iowa between July 1, 2005 and December 31, 2011.

Safety experts claim that an increase in the speed limit directly correlates to an increase in traffic-related deaths. Factors that contribute to this reasoning include drivers traveling at excessive speeds, reckless driving, and unsafe road conditions.


6 Iowa teens hurt in car accident

A two-vehicle accident sent six Iowa teenagers to the hospital on Saturday afternoon.

Around 1 p.m. in Schaller, a 15-year-old driver with a learner’s permit was traveling on a gravel road when the large amount of dust in the air caused her to cross onto the other side of the road, striking an oncoming vehicle. That oncoming vehicle was being driven by a 16-year-old driver.

There were four passengers in the 15-year-old’s vehicle, and every one of them sustained injuries in the accident.

The car of the driver responsible for the head-on collision had $3,000 worth of damage, and the other vehicle had $12,000 worth of damage from the accident.

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. Please contact the car accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.

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