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Study Finds Iowa Traffic Laws Weak

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Iowa might have some work to do when it comes to traffic laws.

A new study ranks the state as weak for their lack of some basic safety laws.

Driving or riding in vehicles is something most people do every day, but a study by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety says Iowas road safety isn't the best.

We're actually one of eleven states that got a weak rating, because they claim we are missing a few key rules.

Those include not requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets and not requiring adults to buckle-up in the back seat.

The Iowa State Patrol supports the laws that are in place, but agrees that any extra precautions could help save lives.

"Do I think that would be a good idea for everybody to wear their seat belt in the back seat? Absolutely. said Iowa State Patrol Trooper Bob Conrad.

According to the national highway traffic safety administration, there were 365 fatalities in Iowa in 2012.

Just last year, the state had 313 fatalities a drop of 52 deaths.

"You ask me if 313 fatalities are too many absolutely. I mean until we get down to zero and someone's not losing their lives out there then we still have too many traffic fatalities, said Conrad.

"We do report back and say hey this is something that could be better, this is something that we see a need for change but right now I think we're doing pretty good, he continued.

Drivers we spoke think the state is doing just fine with the rules we have.

"Whoever was doing the study to determine good and bad--if they think all the restrictions are better, then we will of course rank lower even if the restrictions are just nanny state oversight, said Kyle Lacey.

Trooper Conrads advice.

"Drive first. Do everything else second, he said.

Trooper Conrad says one of the problems he sees on the road is drivers texting while driving.

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