October 11, 2018
Top of the Page
Big play by Kansas City Chiefs makes a great safety message

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' wowed football fans Oct. 1 when he completed a pass throwing left-handed.
After the Kansas City Chiefs win over the Denver Broncos Oct. 1, MoDOT took advantage of one of the big plays of the game to push a safety message on social media. That post got the attention of Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star who posted this article on the newspaper's website. 

MoDOT creates clever graphic that plays off Patrick Mahomes' left-handed pass by Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star

Here is another way of telling that Chiefs quarterback  Patrick Mahomes' left-handed pass was something special.

MoDOT made a fun graphic that plays off the throw.  Mahomes completed the lefty pass during the Chiefs 27-23 win Monday night (Oct. 1) over the Broncos in Denver. Two days later, MoDOT made a fun graphic that reminds people to pass on the left and shared it on Twitter. Please take note of the colors of the two cars and the Chiefs stickers on both.

Do people really not get that concept?

MoDOT took advantage of Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes' left-handed throw Oct. 1. The post reached over 12,600 people on Facebook and gained 35,000 impressions on Twitter. 
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 4,945 individuals and 395 businesses who have joined the movement so far.

Click below to accept the challenge!

Social Media
Have You Seen This?
MoDOT safety campaign receives award

MoDOT's Buckle Up Phone Down campaign was honored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials for public involvement.

The award was presented at the AASHTO's Committee on Transportation Communications conference in Biloxi, Mississippi. The initiative was honored in the category of Issues/Crisis Management Communication, Public Involvement Approach: Without Consultant.

MoDOT and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety initiated the Buckle Up Phone Down campaign in 2016 to raise public awareness of distracted driving by partnering with individuals and businesses across the state to find ways to reverse the trend of reported crashes involving the use of cell phones.

The challenge is simple: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cellphone down. Turn it off if you have to. Every trip, every time!

Approximately 395 businesses and more than 4,945 individuals have taken the Missouri's Buckle Up Phone Down pledge.

TransComm is made up of public affairs professionals from the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. It promotes excellence in communications through the exchange of ideas and educational programming, presents annual skills awards and advises other committees on communications issues.

TRIP report released - Missouri transportation by the numbers
Excerpt from TRIP news release

Roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost Missouri motorists a total of $7.8 billion statewide annually - as much as $2,031 per driver - due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traffic congestion, improve road, bridge and transit conditions, boost safety, and support long-term economic growth in Missouri according to a new report released by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation research group.

The TRIP report, " Missouri Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State's Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility ," finds that throughout Missouri, one-half of major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor or mediocre condition, and 13 percent of locally and state-maintained bridges are structurally deficient. The report also finds that Missouri's major urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, causing significant delays and choking commuting and commerce.

Note: Founded in 1971, TRIP ® of Washington, DC, is a nonprofit organization that researches, evaluates and distributes economic and technical data on surface transportation issues. TRIP ® is sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; businesses involved in highway and transit engineering and construction; labor unions; and organizations concerned with efficient and safe surface transportation.
Safer Roadways
BUPD challenge continues with Columbia high school football team

Click to watch Columbia's Rock Bridge High School Buckle Up Phone Down video.
The Buckle Up Phone Down video challenge continues among Missouri high school sports teams and clubs. The Rock Bridge Bruins football team and head coach Van Vanatta became the latest squad to film a BUPD public service announcement, encouraging fellow students to buckle their seat belt on every trip in a vehicle and to put their phones down when driving.

In the video, Rock Bridge challenged four other high schools to take the BUPD challenge: Hickman and Battle high schools in Columbia, Rockhurst High School in Kansas City and Francis Howell High School in St. Charles.

For their encouragement of driving safety, the Bruins and Vanatta were featured by KOMU 8 TV of Columbia on the station's evening news and its website. 
Fatality update

Did you know...There were 37,133 people killed in motor vehicle crashes on U.S. roadways during 2017, a 1.8 percent decrease from 37,806 people killed in 2016. Nationwide, fatalities decreased from 2016 to 2017 in almost all segments of the population, with the exception of crashes involving large trucks and SUV's.  - NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis. 

Statewide Fatality Totals 
as reported on the 
Missouri State Highway Patrol 
website as of Oct. 8, 2018: 

2018 Totals as of 10-8-18 - 723
2017 Totals as of 10-8-17 - 699
2016 Totals as of 10-8-16 - 728
2015 Totals as of 10-8-15 - 642
2015 Totals as of 10-8-15 - 560
2013 Totals as of 10-8-13 - 571
Did You Know This?
This day in transportation history

The Discovery Bridge, connecting South Dakota and Nebraska. Photo by Wikipedia.
October 11, 2008 -  The Discovery Bridge, carrying U.S. 81 over the Missouri River and connecting the city of Yankton, South Dakota with Cedar County, Nebraska, was officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 1,590-foot bridge was completed a year ahead of schedule.
Missouri Dept. of Transportation | (888) 275-6636
P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270