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Buckle Up Phone Down Day
MoDOT held its fourth annual Buckle Up Phone Down Day on Oct. 16 to bring attention to two simple actions that can save lives on the state’s highways – fastening your seat belt and putting your phone down while driving.

Gov. Mike Parson proclaimed last Friday as BUPD Day, and many groups across the state participated, including schools, law enforcement, media and other state agencies.

And new states continue to join the campaign as the movement grows nationwide.

This year more than ever, the BUPD message is vitally important as we’ve seen an increase in MoDOT vehicles being hit and a rise in fatalities on Missouri highways.

If your group or organization would like to get involved, MoDOT has created a BUPD starter kit with all the tools you’ll need.

Join more than 13,000 individuals and businesses who have accepted the BUPD challenge. Read more.
Statewide winter weather drill
This week, MoDOT held its annual winter operations drill. More than 3,000 employees clear roads and bridges when weather hits. On average each winter, employees plow about 6 million miles of snow and ice, equivalent to 13 trips to the moon and back. Read more.
Cute but deadly
MoDOT reminds motorists to be prepared for the sudden appearance of wild animals such as deer and coyote on Missouri roadways. This is the time of year when deer are more active, which leads to a larger number of wildlife related crashes. Read more.
Highway features
An intersection describes a situation where two or more roads cross at the same level. An interchange is a grade-separated intersection with ramps to connect them. Factors such as safety, cost, capacity, environment and development can vary at every site. Learn more.
MoDOT Fast Facts - bridges
Did you know this about Missouri bridges?
  • Number of MoDOT bridges and culverts – 10,397
  • Number of major bridges 1,000 ft. or longer – 209
  • Major river bridge cost - $10-$250 million
  • Average cost of other bridges - $820,000.
Fatality update
Statewide fatality totals as reported on the Missouri
State Highway Patrol website as of Oct. 18, 2020
2020 totals - 786 / 2017 totals - 725
2019 totals - 704 / 2016 totals - 754
2018 totals - 745 / 2015 totals - 667

Take the challenge
When you get into any vehicle, buckle up your seat belt. If you are a driver, put the cell phone down. Join the 13,489 who have taken the pledge so far.

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