October 25, 2018
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Did you take the challenge?

Gov. Mike Parson proclaimed Friday, Oct. 19, as Buckle Up Phone Down Day in Missouri and members of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety teamed up with Truman the Tiger to bring the lifesaving message to the University of Missouri campus.

The University of Missouri's Truman the Tiger got in on the thumbs up/thumbs down action during Buckle Up Phone Down Day last Friday. 
Representatives from MoDOT's Jefferson City offices distributed black-and-gold foam thumbs sporting the Buckle Up Phone Down logo during a two-hour event on the north side of Lafferre Hall that included a radio remote from Columbia's Y107 and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Seatbelt Convincer, which allows riders to experience a head-on collision at five miles per hour. 

Speakers at a news conference held in conjunction with the event included: Hani A. Salim, associate dean of Academic Programs and Student Success in the MU College of Engineering; MoDOT Central District Engineer David Silvester; MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood; Susan DeCourcy, regional administrator at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Lt. Brent Drummond, Missouri State Highway Patrol; Keller Colley, a crash survivor and representative of ThinkFirst Missouri; and Dr. Carlos Sun, MU College of Engineering.

Events were held across the state with nearly 200 individuals/businesses signing up during the week to accept the Buckle Up Phone Down challenge.

State employees were also encouraged to take the Buckle Up Phone Down challenge at a sign-up event held concurrently at the Truman Building in Jefferson City. A variety of businesses along Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City displayed the  BUPD message on their marquees Friday to help spread the message. 

The Buckle Up Phone Down campaign tackles two of the most effective actions drivers can take to stay safe when getting behind the wheel - fastening their safety belts and putting down their cell phones. Since its inception in January 2017, over 5,000 individuals and 400 businesses have accepted the Buckle Up Phone Down challenge.
Take the challenge: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cell phone down. Join the 5,037 individuals and 419 businesses who have joined the movement so far.

Click below to accept the challenge!


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High schools continue the challenge

High schools all across Missouri continue to take the Buckle Up Phone Down challenge and then challenge other schools to do the same. Here's the latest.

Click to see why the Lutheran High North Crusaders took the Buckle Up Phone Down Challenge and the schools they are asking to do the same. 
Click to watch the Washington High School Blue Jays accept the BUPD challenge and which schools they want to join them in this effort.
Have You Seen This?
Drinking and driving - too scary to comprehend

Sometimes it's fun to be scared, especially at this time of year. Who can resist a scary movie with lots of hot buttered popcorn? And haunted houses are a "must-boo."


But drinking and driving? That's too scary to comprehend. Grown-up partiers should remember that even one alcoholic beverage could be one too many for some drivers. If you plan to drive, stay away from alcohol. If you plan to drink, be sure to arrange a sober ride home in advance. Read these scary stats from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and commit to sober driving: 

  • During the Halloween holiday period (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) during the years 2012-2016, 168 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.
  • During the same Halloween holiday period, 44 percent of those killed were in traffic crashes that involved at least one drunk driver. 
  • In 2016, there were 13 vehicle occupants killed in drunk-driving-related crashes. However, there were zero pedestrians killed, which meant trick-or-treaters and other merry-makers were safer on the streets. 
  • The 21-to-34-year old age group accounted for the most fatalities (46 percent) in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2016.
And if that's not enough to scare you, consider that an average DUI can set you back $10,000 in attorney's fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing and repairs and more.

Halloween can be scary fun without being tragic. Stay safe on Halloween night and every night. Always remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. For more information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.
Halloween safety
from the National Safety Council

Kids love the magic of Halloween: trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.

In 2016, 7,330 pedestrians died in traffic or non-traffic incidents, according to Injury Facts. Non-traffic incidents include those occurring on driveways, in parking lots or on private property.

NSC research reveals about 18 percent of these deaths occurred at road crossings or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night also plays a factor in these deaths.

Here's a scary statistic: children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. In 2017, October ranked No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,700. July is No. 1, with 3,830 deaths.

Costume Safety

To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips. Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won't cause safety hazards.
  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision.
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks.
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first.
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.
When They're on the Prowl
  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you.
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home.
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger's home or car.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends.
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street.
Fatality update

Did you know...It's National Teen Driver Safety Week. 

So far in 2018, there have been 63 teen fatalities between the age of 15 and 19 in Missouri.

Educate your teens on safe driving habits, like using their safety belts and putting their phones down. Visit safemolives.com for more information.

Statewide Fatality Totals 
as reported on the 
Missouri State Highway Patrol 
website as of Oct. 21, 2018: 

2018 Totals as of 10-21-18 - 743
2017 Totals as of 10-21-17 - 730
2016 Totals as of 10-21-16 - 766
2015 Totals as of 10-21-15 - 676
2015 Totals as of 10-21-15 - 593
2013 Totals as of 10-21-13 - 607
Did You Know This?
Postcard image from 1905, captioned Knabenshue and his air ship.  Photo from Wikipedia.
This day in transportation history

October 25, 1904 - The first successful flight of a dirigible airship in the United States took place when aviator and aeronautical engineer A. Roy Knabenshue flew the "California Arrow" at the World's Fair (officially known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition) in St. Louis.


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