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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. Miller’s 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.  

 

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