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Seat belt usage in the state has risen to an all-time high. 

The latest Missouri Seat Belt Usage Survey, which has been taken annually since 1998, shows 87.7% of Missourians use a seat belt. In 1998, that figure was 60%. The new figures were released Oct. 29 during Buckle Up Phone Down Day. 

Speaking of Buckle Up Phone Down, be sure to keep an eye out for uniquely decorated vehicles touting the BUPD message. The cars will be out on the roadways in and around Jefferson City and Columbia through April 29, reminding motorists of the two simple steps that make the roads safer for everyone.

Interested? Click to join the nearly 11,000 individuals and businesses who have taken the BUPD challenge and pledged to always wear their seat belts and put their phones down while driving - BUPD challenge.
Contract awarded for St. Louis I-270
During its monthly meeting, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected Millstone Weber as the Design-Build contractor for the Interstate 270 North Project. The $278 million project runs along I-270 from I-70 to west of Riverview Drive. Read more.
Statewide winter weather drill
You might notice more MoDOT vehicles than usual out on the roadways Nov. 7, but don’t be alarmed--it's the department's annual winter operations drill. The drill helps ensure employees know their roles during a real winter storm to clear roads and keep motorists safe. Read more.
Gov. Parson visits bridges
Gov. Mike Parson recently spent some time with MoDOT Central District staff touring the Camden County Route D bridge over Minnow Brook Creek. The bridge will undergo rehabilitation next year and is one of the 45 bridges included in the Focus on Bridges program. Bridge Program.
This day in transportation history
Nov. 7, 1910 - The first commercial air freight shipment occurred in Ohio. Philip C. Parmalee, flying a biplane on behalf of Orville and Wilbur Wright, transported a 200-pound package of silk from a wholesaler in Dayton to a department store in Columbus.
Fatality update
Statewide fatality totals as reported on the Missouri
State Highway Patrol website as of Nov. 3, 2019
2019 totals - 722 / 2016 totals - 803
2018 totals - 782 / 2015 totals - 723
2017 totals - 777 / 2014 totals - 621

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 10,966 who have taken the pledge so far.

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