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Oct. 26, 2007

I-CASH, 4-H promoting rural roadway safety in Dayton Oct. 27

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and the Bluff Creek Wranglers 4-H Club will team up to promote rural roadway safety from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the "Feed the Farmer" event at the FC Cooperative grain elevator in Dayton, Iowa.

I-CASH will provide free slow-moving-vehicle signs and reflective tape for the first 25 farmers who participate at the event. Bluff Creek Wranglers 4-H Club members will distribute agricultural safety and health educational materials and ask farmers to answer a few questions about rural roadway safety.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, there were 190 crashes involving farm vehicles on public roads in 2005, resulting in five deaths, 14 major injuries, 45 minor injuries and an additional 54 possible injuries. Many of these crashes may have been preventable.

I-CASH is a partnership of the UI, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu.