• Lynn Hicks
  • Sun October 25 2015
  • Posted Oct 25, 2015

If all the Iowans who’ve lost their driver's licenses lived in one place, that place would be bigger than the city of Des Moines.

About 226,400 Iowans currently have a revoked or suspended driver’s license, the Iowa Department of Transportation says. That’s roughly 10 percent of all the licensed drivers in the state.

It’s a safe bet that thousands of those motorists break the law and drive every day, without incident. Too often, however, tragedy occurs.

Two fatal accidents involving drivers who police say shouldn't have been behind the wheelshook Des Moines last summer. In June, 6-year-old Irving Aguilar-Gonzalez was playing on a trampoline in his backyard when he was hit by a runaway truck. The accused driver, Guadalupe Villa-Guzman, had lost his license after a seizure caused him to crash the truck in 2012.

In August, police say a drunken driver plowed into a crowd of cyclists on the Urban Assault Ride, killing Wade Franck, a cycling advocate and sales manager at Kyle’s Bikes in Ankeny. The driver who was charged in the death, JonathanLeyva, was previously charged with operating while intoxicated and was barred from holding a driver’s license until at least 2017. He'd beencaught driving twice while barred.

How do we keep dangerous drivers from getting behind the wheel? The Des MoinesRegister will explore that topic Tuesday, Oct. 27, in a forum, “Driving While Barred.”

Driving While Barred forum

How can Iowa keep people with multiple OWIs or other unsafe drivers from getting behind the wheel again? A panel of experts will look at solutions.

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27

Where: Des Moines Register community room, 400 Locust St.

Space is limited, so please RSVP at


Frank Harris, director of state government affairs, MADD;Mark D. Lowe, director, Motor Vehicle Division, IowaDepartment of Transportation;Bill Mickelson, a South Dakota law enforcement consultant;Bob Rehkemper, local defense attorney;State Rep.Sandy Salmon, R-Janesville;Allan Tunks, Des Moines assistant police chief


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