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Change the numbers this holiday season
Designate a sober driver or call a ride share
While this holiday season may be different from years past, a lot of those smaller, socially distanced gatherings will still most likely include alcoholic beverages. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind those who plan to celebrate to designate a sober driver or call a ride to avoid driving impaired. Statewide, law enforcement will be on the lookout for substance-impaired drivers, with targeted enforcement efforts Dec. 13, 2020, to Jan. 1, 2021. 

There were 51 people killed and 261 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes between Dec. 10, 2019, and Jan. 1, 2020. Twelve of the fatalities and 40 of the serious injuries involved a substance-impaired driver. That equates to potentially over 300 families whose lives were changed in an instant during what should be the most wonderful time of the year. It's time to change the numbers.
 
"We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season," said Jon Nelson, executive chair to the coalition. "Therefore, we are making a special effort to reach motorists with reminders to plan ahead for a safe and sober ride home."
 
What's tragic about these crashes is that they are preventable. Substance-impaired driving is a crime, not an "accident," and is one of America's most often committed and deadliest crimes. The facts are known - drinking and driving, or drug use, both over-the-counter and illegal, can be a lethal combination. The consequences are fines, jail time or even death.

For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com.
State offices closed Dec. 24
State offices will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Although MoDOT offices will be closed on these days, our customer service line is open 24/7 for any road concerns. You can reach us at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).
Winter weather preparedness
Winter weather is here. Make sure you and your family are prepared by keeping emergency kits stocked in your home and vehicles. Emergency kits should include things like bottled water, blankets, canned and dry foods, flashlights, face coverings, gloves and a first-aid kit. Learn more.
MO on the Go
If you're on the road this winter, remember to consult the Traveler Information Map before heading out to keep up with current road conditions. Also watch for snowplows and give them plenty of room to work. For more tools to keep you up to date on Missouri roadways, visit modot.org.
Today in transportation history
Dec. 17, 1903 - Orville and Wilbur Wright made transportation history near the North Carolina town of Kill Devil Hills by bringing about the world's first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. Photo by Wikipedia.
Fatality update
Statewide fatality totals as reported on the Missouri State Highway Patrol website as of Dec. 13, 2020
2020 totals - 928 / 2017 totals - 887
2019 totals - 838 / 2016 totals - 905
2018 totals - 877 / 2015 totals - 842

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 13,779 who have taken the pledge so far.

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