DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – While most of the state is showing signs of the 100 deadliest days to drive on the road, Dubuque County is defying the odds.
The 100 Deadliest Days is the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day where there are more fatal traffic accidents than during any other time of year.
So far, 155 people have been killed on Iowan roads this year. With seven fatal accidents occurring just within the past week.
However, there has not been a deadly crash in Dubuque County this summer. Last year, there were only two fatal accidents during the summer.
Dubuque County Sheriff, Joe Kennedy, said that the low numbers of deadly accidents are the result of sheer luck.
“So, we just keep our fingers crossed and hope our people out there are visible to keep people slowed down,” said Sheriff Kennedy. “To keep people cognizant in the fact that we are out there watching. And we do what we can to keep people safe.”
Sheriff Kennedy mentioned that alcohol consumption might play a factor in the low rate of deadly crashes. Bars in Dubuque County have not drawn in the same crowds as they have in previous years.
However, if someone does plan on having a few drinks, Kennedy encourages them to hitch a ride from a friend or from a ride-sharing service.
But regardless, Sheriff Kennedy wants people to stay vigilant while on the road. He urges people to call local authorities if they see anyone driving erratically on the road.
“We encourage people to call in and let us know so we can go out there and at least stop the people and find out what the issue is,” said Sheriff Kennedy.