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Join the conversation and act to end distracted driving
The public is encouraged to attend
A growing and life-threatening problem in Missouri, distracted driving contributed to more than 19,000 crashes last year alone.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are joining forces to fight distracted driving.
In cooperation with
StopDistractions.org and the University of Missouri, the NTSB and the Coalition are presenting a
Missouri Roundtable on Distracted Driving: Act to End Deadly Distractions. The roundtable will take place on
Oct. 29. from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Stotler Lounge of Memorial Union on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.
The discussion will be streamed live on the web. The full list of panelists and agenda are available on the
Gov. Parson visits bridge projects
Yesterday, Gov. Mike Parson visited three bridges that will be repaired or replaced as part of his Focus on Bridges program. Construction contracts have been awarded on 27 of the 45 bridges that will be repaired or replaced under the program. All of the bridges are to be completed in 2020. Read more.
MoDOT director receives award
Ozarks Transportation Organization presented their annual appreciation award to MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna (right). They recognized the director for his outstanding leadership in working with state and federal leaders to bring additional funding to Missouri.
Deer will dare; drivers beware
Cooler temperatures and longer nights mean more wildlife movement. MoDOTreminds motorists to watch out for wild animals--like deer--that might appear without warning in roadways. Now is the peak period for deer/vehicle collisions, especially at dawn and dusk. Read more.
Halloween can be a fun time for children and adults alike, but it can quickly turn scary if safety measures aren't in place. Visit
safekids.org for all the safety tips you'll need for your little ghouls and goblins, like walking and costumes--and there's even tips for motorists.
This day in transportation history
Oct. 24, 1931 - The George Washington Bridge was dedicated. The structure, which spans the Hudson River and links New York City’s Manhattan Island with Fort Lee, New Jersey, is a vital and frequently used link between the Empire and Garden States.
Photo from Wikipedia
Statewide fatality totals as reported on the Missouri
State Highway Patrol website as of Oct. 20, 2019
2019 totals - 689 / 2016 totals - 761
2018 totals - 752 / 2015 totals - 673
2017 totals - 729 / 2014 totals - 590
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 10,548 who have joined the movement so far.