August 3, 2017
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Enforcement blitz nets almost 2,000 speeders in Missouri
Six-state regional effort, obey the sign or pay the fine



Missouri law enforcement officials issued 1,951 speeding citations as part of a six-state speed enforcement blitz conducted throughout the state from July 21 to July 23. 

"Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine" was an intensified effort to crack down on speeding in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma. More than 7,700 speeding tickets were issued in the six states during the three-day enforcement period.

In addition to cracking down on speeding, the effort also resulted in citations for other offenses, such as driving while intoxicated and not wearing seat belts. In Missouri, the results for the "Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine" initiative are as follows:

3728
316
1951
2148
54
106
67
79
213

Total number of traffic citations issued
Total number of seat belt citations issued
Total number of speed citations issues
Total number of traffic warnings issued
Total DWI arrests and citations
Total commercial vehicle citations issued
Total commercial vehicle warnings issued
Total drug arrests made
Felony arrest/other


Law enforcement officials reported 180 crashes in Missouri during the blitz, 33 of which were speed related. In addition, there were seven fatalities on Missouri highways during the three-day speeding crackdown, with one occurring on the routes included in the enforcement effort. Interstates 70, 44, 55, 35 were the primary routes targeted in the initiative because that's where most of the state's speed-related crashes occur.

Click here to read more, including the regional results - Regional Blitz Results
Join the Movement!
Take the pledge: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cellphone down.  Join the 717 people (178) of which represent business) who have taken the pledge so far. 

Click below to accept the challenge!

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Did You Know This?
Visit MoDOT's highway gardens at the state fair

Going to the Missouri state fair this year? Then be sure to visit the MoDOT highway gardens. The gardens are set in a shady location that offers a lower-key atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the fair. The building is air conditioned, which is perfect on those hot summer days.

Outside, kids can have their photo taken with MoDOT's highway safety mascot Barrel Bob and Baby Bob. Inside, kids can participate in the Adopt-A-Highway scavenger hunt, while parents can see a variety of displays. Some of the information offered will be: the solar eclipse, Buckle Up-Phone Down safety campaign, Amtrak and MoDOT's historic preservation. AT&T's It Can Wait virtual reality simulator will also be available the first four days of the fair. 

Hope to see you there!

The Missouri State Fair runs Aug.10 -20. Visit the website to find out more about all the fun -  http://www.mostatefair.com/.
Have You Seen This?
Missouri expecting many visitors to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse

An estimated 1.2 million visitors will come to Missouri for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Be prepared for extra congestion, and consider these driving safety tips:
  • No parking on the shoulder of highways
  • Exit the highway to view and/or photograph the eclipse
  • Turn your headlights on (don't rely on auto headlights
  • Don't wear "eclipse glasses" while driving
  • Avoid travel during the eclipse if you can
  • Make sure your car has a full tank of gas and you have water
  • Be prepared for potential cell service outage
  • Use MoDOT's Traveler Information Map for traffic updates
For more information on the eclipse, visit the State of Missouri website - https://www.mo.gov/eclipse/.
Projects receive awards for innovation

The innovative design-build Project Freeway: U.S. 60 Rogersville has been awarded the top honor in the mid-America regional America's Transportation Awards competition.

The award was for top project in the Quality of Life/Community Development (medium category) and was the inaugural design-build project for MoDOT's Southwest District.

The project also received the National Award of Merit from the Design-Build Institute of America. The project was recognized for its innovative design. It now competes nationally for Project of the Year.

Project Freeway built three new interchanges, removed two traffic signals, built a series of connector roads and eliminated seven at-grade intersections along Route 60. All of which improved safety and is moving traffic more efficiently through the community.

Read more about the project here.
Read more about the awards here - America's Transportation Awards - Design-Build Institute


Columbia I-70 Bridges design-build project
 is a winner in the mid-America regional America's Transportation Awards competition  in the Best Use of Technology and Innovation category for small projects. 

The project replaced bridges on Interstate 70 at Garth Avenue, Range Line Street and Business Loop 70/West Boulevard in Columbia. Improving the interchanges at Range Line Street and Business Loop were also part of the project.  Three of the bridges that were replaced were built adjacent to the old bridges and slid into their permanent position to save time and money. 

Read more about the project here.
Read more about the award here - America's Transportation Awards
Roadway Safety
Missouri's graduated driver license law

Do you know about Missouri's graduated driver license law? It requires that all first-time drivers between 15 and 18 years old complete a period of driving with a licensed driver (instruction permit), and restricted driving (intermediate license) before getting a full driver license. Find out more at: http://dor.mo.gov/drivers/teens/gradlaw.php .
Fatality update

Did you know... during 2012-2014, there were 369 young driver involved fatalities, 43 percent of those killed were the young drivers.  
Statewide Fatality Totals  as reported on the
Missouri State Highway Patrol
website  as of July 23, 2017:
  2017 Totals as of 7-23-17 - 482 
 2016 Totals as of 7-23-16 - 490
 2015 Totals as of 7-23-15 - 442
 2014 Totals as of 7-23-14 - 402
 2013 Totals as of 7-23-13 - 380
  2012 Totals as of 7-23-12 - 455 
Missouri Dept. of Transportation | (888) 275-6636
P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270