June 4, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa traffic safety officials report a recent spike in fatalities in 2021, and we’re on a trend to potentially exceed previous totals on the heels of a year when COVID-19 wrote a new chapter of dangerous driving behaviors in Iowa. The statewide Traffic Fatality Reduction Task Force will share the alarming data, the problems and solutions to reverse this deadly trend — and says Iowans have the power in their hands to bring fatalities under 300 for the first time since 1925.fatalities under 300 for the first time since 1925.

EVENT: Iowa Traffic Fatality Reduction Task Force Press Conference

DATE: Tuesday, June 8, 2021

TIME: 2:00 P.M.

LOCATION: State Capitol West Mall (Between Finkbine Dr. & Capitol West Dr.

RAIN LOCATION: Capitol 1st Floor Rotunda

Patrick Hoye, Iowa Traffic Fatality Task Force Chair and GTSB Bureau Chief
Nathan Fulk, Iowa State Patrol Colonel
Scott Marler, Iowa DOT Director
Greg Franck, Father of a crash victim fatality

LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES ON DISPLAY: Iowa State Patrol Trooper Jave Colburn’s squad car was damaged while providing assistance for the I-80 pileup on Feb. 4, 2021. Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Theresa Fox’s vehicle was damaged after being hit by a commercial vehicle while providing traffic control  for a work zone on Feb. 24, 2021.




The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state. It includes six divisions and several bureaus, all working together with local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to keep Iowa a safe place by following our core values: leadership, integrity, professionalism, courtesy, service and protection. Divisions within the Iowa DPS: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.

Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 E 7th St
Des Moines IA 50319