With new roads, faster cars, and few road laws, the death
toll on Iowa roads began to climb. Secretary of State Ola Babcock Miller lobbied for
the creation of the State Highway Patrol and succeeded in 1935. In the first
year there were 50 officers, 12 motorcycles and 37 cars. The officers wrote 25,728
summonses and helped countless thousands of motorists along the roadway.
In setting her goal
Ola Babcock Miller stated: "I pray that I can
make you uncomfortable about your driving and frighten you into driving more
carefully." During Mrs. Millers command of the Highway Patrol,
officers encouraged the use of hand signals for courtesy and safety. Today the
Iowa State Patrol continues her mission under the Department of Public Safety.