Highway safety

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

  • In Iowa, 317 people were fatally injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2013.

  • There was one crash every 10.6 minutes in 2013.

  • One in 26 drivers was involved in a crash in 2013.

  • Motor vehicle crashes (49,798) decreased by 4 percent in 2013. Fatal crashes (290) decreased by 12 percent from 330 in 2012.

  • There were 92 fatalities that were the result of alcohol-related crashes in 2013.

  • At least 43.15 percent of persons fatally injured and 36.94 percent of those suffering major incapacitating injuries were not wearing a seat belt or other protective device in 2013.

  • In 2013, 20 pedestrians were fatally injured and 439 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. To locate the rest areas and services provided click here.