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Life-saving lives on the line
Last week, Missouri’s First Lady Teresa Parson joined MoDOT and the Missouri State Highway Patrol to stress the importance of moving over for responders working along the highway.
First Lady Parson lost her brother Rick, an emergency responder, in 2005 when a motorist struck and killed him at a crash site.
Watch her story here.
To bring awareness to these dangers and the Move Over law, the Federal Highway Administration declared the week of Nov. 10-16 as National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week. Missouri law requires drivers to either change lanes or slow down when approaching stationary emergency vehicles with flashing lights.
Stay alert and move over for responders to keep everyone safe.
Mo on the Go
As thousands of drivers head home for Thanksgiving next week, be sure to know before you go. MoDOT’s website gives you several options for keeping up-to-date on what’s happening on Missouri’s roadways. Visit
modot.org to check out the suite of Mo on the Go tools available to you.
Drive sober this holiday season
If your holiday plans include a party or two, remember that if you feel different, you drive different. Alcohol and drugs impair driving and make for a deadly combination that ruins the holidays for too many families. Please drive sober, buckle up and put your phone down.
Respect the load - share the road
No matter when you're traveling, remember to practice safety when driving around large trucks or buses. Stay out of the blind spots - if you can't see the truck’s side mirrors the driver cannot see you, don't cut them off, pass only on their left side and watch your following distance.
This day in transportation history
Nov. 21, 1925 - The deluxe passenger train Orange Blossom Special made its maiden run between New York and Florida on the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. The train became renowned for its wide range of amenities available for passengers.
Photo from Wikipedia.
Statewide fatality totals as reported on the Missouri
State Highway Patrol website as of Nov. 17, 2019
2019 totals - 763 / 2016 totals - 839
2018 totals - 815 / 2015 totals - 771
2017 totals - 811 / 2014 totals - 660
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 11,855 who have taken the pledge so far.