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Report says Iowa driving laws are among the worst in the country

LEE COUNTY, Ia. (WGEM) - Iowa driving safety laws are among the worst in the country according to a new report by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

The annual report grades all 50 states on 15 traffic safety laws the group views as key to saving lives.

Some drivers in Iowa say driving safety laws in their state are too lax.

"It's pretty relaxed," Andrea Travis said. "It should be a little stricter."
One of the issues that put Iowa on the worst list is the lack of a motorcycle helmet law, and some drivers say a law needs to be put in place.

"If you want to kill yourself, that's the best way to do it if you're going to be on a motorcycle," Rodger Newberry said.

"I would like to see everyone wear them even though some people thinks it makes them look bad or it's not cool," Travis said. "Safety is more important to me than looking cool."

 Another issue that earned Iowa the number 11 spot on the worst driving safety laws in the country is allowing fourteen-year-old drivers to have learner's permits.

But Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl says he thinks that particular law could actually make the roads safer.

"Obviously, the more experience driving is a good thing and it allows the teenager to experience driving in all kinds of weather conditions: Summer and winter." Sholl said.

The report also docks points in Iowa for not requiring breath-analysis devices in vehicles for all drivers convicted of operating while intoxicated.

Sholl says the laws are the laws and any change would have to come from lawmakers.

Illinois made the top ten list of states for having the safest driving laws.  Missouri didn't make either the best or the worst in the report.
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