August 2, 2018
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MoDOT joins stakeholders to fight human trafficking

MoDOT is joining other transportation stakeholders to help fight human trafficking.

As a signatory to the Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking pledge, MoDOT will voluntarily commit to educating employees and raising public awareness of human trafficking issues impacting our state and nation. Employees will receive specialized training about the common indicators of human trafficking and how to report potential cases.

TLAHT pledge is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Transportation that involves transportation and travel industry stakeholders working jointly to combat human trafficking. MoDOT has provided education about human trafficking over the years and hopes this national partnership will bring additional awareness to the issue.

"We may not think that human trafficking is happening around us but the truth is it's happening in cities and small communities all across America," MoDOT Interim Motor Carrier Services Director Steve Meystrik said.

Those involved in human trafficking are using roadways, railways, waterways and skies. Kansas City, St. Louis, Branson and locations along the I-44 corridor including Rolla, Springfield and Joplin are the most common locations in Missouri for human trafficking cases to be reported.

In 2017, Missouri had the 16th highest number of human trafficking cases reported of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., Meystrik said.

The board of directors of the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials recently signed the pledge. MAASTO includes Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Kansas.

In addition, more than 200 organizations throughout the transportation industry have taken the pledge. The initiative also supports one of MoDOT's core values of safety.
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 4,682 individuals and 385 businesses who have joined the movement so far.

Click below to accept the challenge!

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Chip sealing can extend life of roadways

In an effort to maximize available resources and to extend the life of roadways, MoDOT uses a pavement repair process called chip sealing to maintain some of the state's lower volume roads.

To help the public better understand why chip seals are used and how they are beneficial, the department has developed three one-minute videos you can watch here -

Click above to watch three one-minute videos on MoDOT's chip seal process.
Chip seals are about one-third the cost of a conventional asphalt overlay averaging $18,000 per mile, as compared to an estimated $56,000 per mile for an asphalt overlay. Using chip seals can keep water from penetrating paved surfaces causing damage and can extend the life of the pavement for an additional 5-7 years.

A chip seal includes initially seal coating the roadway surface with oil. Aggregate is then spread on top of the coating of oil and rolled in place. Excess aggregate will be swept away by crews shortly after the operation is complete. The process gets its name from the "chips" or small crushed rock placed on the surface.

Chip seals differ from a pavement overlay, as those treatments involve laying down one layer of asphalt.

Motorists should expect delays and lower their speeds through any area where chip sealing is being conducted.

Chip seals are typically used on roads carrying lower traffic volumes, which make up more than half of MoDOT's roadway network.
True is new Director of Motor Carrier Services

Jim True has been named director of the Missouri Department of Transportation's Motor Carrier Services division.

Motor Carrier Services administers registration, fuel tax, permit and safety programs for Missouri's motor carrier companies.

True comes to MoDOT with many years of experience in the transportation industry in various roles in safety, risk management, driver recruitment/retention and training with titles ranging from director to president/CEO. Originally from upstate New York, True has lived most recently in southeast Michigan, but he has also spent many years in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.

"Jim has a strong working knowledge of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association and U.S. Department of Transportation rules and regulations, but also understands the business side of the trucking industry and will be a good addition to our team," said Ed Hassinger, MoDOT chief engineer.

"I understand the challenges transportation companies face today," True said, "and view my role as that of a helper and mentor. One of the things that really attracted me to this opportunity is that I can bring my years of successful experience to Missouri and an incredible group of folks in Motor Carrier Services. I am very grateful for this opportunity."

True will start at MoDOT in early September.
Safer Roadways
Missouri high school students hold mock DWI crash

Students from 12 Missouri high schools participated in a mock DWI crash during the TRACTION - teens taking action to prevent traffic crashes - youth traffic safety leadership training conference held at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center in Columbia July 26-28.

Click above to see some of the interactive sessions students were involved in during the recent TRACTION conference.
From 2015-2017, there were 38 fatal crashes and 135 serious injury crashes involving a substance-impaired driver under 21 years of age. There were 53 people killed and 184 seriously injured in these crashes. The mock crash was designed to simulate the conditions and situations a student might encounter in a real automobile collision, including emergency responders and law enforcement.

Columbia Fire Department, Boone County Sheriff's Department, Parker-Millard Funeral Home, Missouri State Highway Patrol and MU Ambulance Service assisted in the mock crash. High school students from La Monte, Fatima, Sheldon, Harrisonville, Liberty, Washington, Madison, Dixon, East Buchanan, North Shelby, Exeter and Carrollton participated.

TRACTION is a statewide peer-to-peer program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Cape Girardeau Police Department that is committed to promoting safe driving habits for youth while discouraging underage drinking, drinking and driving, driver inattention and promoting safety belt usage.

After an initial training session, TRACTION youth create and implement action plans for school and community activities in an effort to reduce unsafe driving habits and the death or serious injury resulting from traffic crashes.

TRACTION is available to all schools in Missouri. For more information about how your school can become involved in this program call 1-800-800-BELT (2358).
Fatality update

Did you know...It's easy to assume that drowsy driving typically occurs at night; however, Missouri crash statistics show that drowsy driving is a concern at all times of the day. 64% of drowsy-driving-involved fatal crashes take place during the day.  The largest age groups involved in drowsy driving fatal crashes are between the ages of 36 to 45 and 66 and over.  

Statewide Fatality Totals 
as reported on the 
Missouri State Highway Patrol 
website as of July 29, 2018: 

2018 Totals as of 7-29-18 - 495
2017 Totals as of 7-29-17 - 508
2016 Totals as of 7-29-16 - 502
2015 Totals as of 7-29-15 - 458
2014 Totals as of 7-29-14 - 419
2013 Totals as of 7-29-13 - 394
Did You Know This?
1947 map of the proposed interstate highway system.
This day in transportation history

August 2, 1947 - About nine years before the formal establishment of the Interstate Highway System and the authorization of funds for its construction, the general locations of the first designated routes for this proposed network were announced by the federal government.

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