Highway safety

  • The latest and most comprehensive highway safety statistics are available at

  • In Iowa, 322 people were fatally injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2014.

  • There was one crash every 10.1 minutes in 2014.

  • One in 25 drivers was involved in a crash in 2014.

  • Motor vehicle crashes (52,013) increased by 4 percent in 2014. Fatal crashes (288) decreased by less than 1 percent from 290 in 2013.

  • There were 88 fatalities that were the result of alcohol-related crashes in 2014.

  • At least 45.48 percent of persons fatally injured and 27.92 percent of those suffering major incapacitating injuries were not wearing a seat belt or other protective device in 2014.

  • In 2014, 20 pedestrians were fatally injured and 370 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.

  • In 1987, Iowa's legislature provided that one-half of one percent of Iowa's Road Use Tax Fund be used for traffic safety improvements or studies on public roads under county, city or state jurisdiction. The program is funded with about $5 million per year in receipts.

  • There are 40 full-service safety rest areas and 16 parking-only sites in the state. In 2010, more than 15 million people visited these areas. Visit the Iowa DOT rest areas website.