April 26, 2018
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Gear up for motorcycle awareness
Campaign aims to increase a wareness for all road users

Warm spring weather has arrived, and motorcyclists are eager to hit the road. As they rev their engines and prepare for numerous road trips to come, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind motorists and motorcyclists alike to watch for motorcycles to help prevent motorcycle crashes, deaths and injuries on Missouri roadways.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers the following tips to drivers on how to prevent a fatal crash with a motorcycle:
  • Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.
  • Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
  • Never drive distracted or impaired.
Motorcyclists must also take precautions to remain safe on the road. Motorcyclists can increase their safety by following these steps:
  • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
  • Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed and trained.
  • Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.
  • Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to drivers.
  • Never ride distracted or impaired.
  • Anticipate the moves of other drivers and be extra cautious of road conditions and debris.
Motorcycle experts recommend motorcyclists also complete some type of training before getting out on the road. There are 25 training locations in Missouri. You can find the one nearest you at www.mmsp.org.

For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com or find us on social media at Save MO Lives. Arrive Alive.
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 2,371 individuals and 378 businesses who have joined the movement so far.

Click below to accept the challenge!

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Watch for slow-moving striping crews on the roads

MoDOT's annual roadway striping operations have started and drivers will see slow-moving caravans of trucks refreshing the lines on the roadway.

Striping crews must travel slowly as they paint roadway markings to ensure a good quality line. The striping trains move between 8 and 12 mph when workers are painting white and yellow lines on the highways. The trucks have flashing lights, boards with flashing arrows and signs that say "SLOW VEHICLES" and "WET PAINT."

MoDOT crews will be striping two-lane roadways in the spring and fall and working on freeways and expressways in June, July and August.

Crisp, easy-to-see striping is a significant safety feature on roadways. The paint contains glass beads that reflect light from headlights in the dark.

Most of the striping is done during daylight hours; however, it is not uncommon to see crews working at night on interstate highways and other high-volume divided highways. Rain or very damp conditions will cancel or cut short any striping work that is scheduled.

Check out these safety tips that will help you navigate striping operations:

  • Please don't drive distracted. Wear your seat belt and put your phone down. Be patient if you come across MoDOT crews. and give them space to do their jobs safely.
  • Start to slow down as soon as you see the lights and signs, and keep your distance until it is safe to go around the trucks. 
  • On four-lane divided highways, pull around the striping train by merging carefully into the open lane, then passing all the trucks in the train before moving back into the lane.
  • On two-lane highways, stay behind the last truck in the striping train. This vehicle is placed well behind the striping truck to give the new paint the few minutes it needs to dry. If traffic backs up behind the striping train, MoDOT crews will pull out of the way where it is safe to do so and let congestion clear.
  • MoDOT uses water-based paint in all of its highway operations. If you drive through wet paint, clean your car as quickly as possible with a high-powered water hose, such as those used in car washes.
Winners of the 2018 'It Only Takes One' campaign announced

Missouri schools took the challenge to educate their peers and community about the importance of always buckling up and never driving distracted or impaired. More than 100 schools participated in this year's "It Only Takes One" campaign, a competition to end unsafe driving habits.

Participating schools launched two surprise seat belt checks at each school to measure student seat belt use before and after an educational campaign. In addition, schools had the opportunity to submit a 30-second video spot to encourage their peers to adopt safe driving habits.

Fourteen schools won the educational campaign award for implementing very impactful and creative school and community outreach activities. The winning schools include: Bucklin High School, Putnam County High School, South Nodaway High School, Atlanta High School, Wright City High School, Cabool High School, Liberty Sr. High School, Calvary Lutheran High School, Fatima High School, Concordia High School, North Platte High School, Humansville High School, Marionville High School and Washington High School.

Ten schools will receive statewide recognition for seat belt use that reached gold (99-100 percent), silver (95-98 percent) or bronze (91-94 percent) levels of seat belt use and will receive banners to display at the schools. Those schools include: Calvary Lutheran High School - GOLD, Atlanta High School - GOLD, Highland Jr. and Sr. High School - SILVER, Nodaway Holt Jr. and Sr. High School - SILVER, South Nodaway High School - SILVER, Wellsville High School - SILVER, Wright City High School - BRONZE, Bucklin High School - BRONZE, North Andrew High School - BRONZE, and Northwestern High School - BRONZE.

For the 30-second video competition, 22 videos were submitted. The top three winning videos were submitted by the following schools:   1st Place Washington High School -  2nd Place Washington High School -  3rd Place Bucklin High School. The videos can be viewed by visiting https://savemolives.com/safety-topics/topic/youth-seat-belts.
This day in transportation history

April 26, 1956 - SS Ideal X cast off from Berth 24 at the foot of Port Newark, New Jersey, for Port of Houston, Texas, in her maiden voyage as the world's first commercially successful container ship. The ship, carrying cargo that consisted of 58 trailer truck bodies, arrived at Port of Houston six days later.  Photo from Pintrest.com.
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The Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce shows their business has joined the Buckle  Up Phone down challenge to promote roadway safety.
Taking the Buckle Up Phone Down challenge

The Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce has joined the growing list of supporters for MoDOT's Buckle Up Phone Down challenge. To date, 378 businesses and 2,371 individuals throughout the state have accepted the challenge to buckle their seat belt and put their phones down by registering at MoDOT.org/BuckleUpPhoneDown.

Of the 688 people killed on Missouri highways in 2016, 62 percent of them were not wearing seat belts. Additionally, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that cell phones contributed to 2,470 crashes in Missouri in 2016, while statistics from AAA indicate texting increases the risk of a car crash by 50 percent.

Will you take the challenge?
April is safe digging month
from Missouri One Call System

As the weather warms, more and more people are building decks, planting trees and making other home improvements that cause them to dig in their yards. Missouri One Call is here to help. 

Safe digging is no accident. Utility, telephone and cable lines are buried everywhere, and some are only an inch or two below the ground's surface. A job as small as planting a tree or installing a mailbox or fence can damage underground facilities.

By notifying Missouri One Call, you will be able to place a locate request to notify the utilities of when and where you plan to dig, and it's the law.

Location requests can be made by calling 1-800-Dig-Rite or 811, or through the website - 
Youth Transportation Conference

Each summer MoDOT sponsors a Youth Transportation Conference. Thirty students are selected from across the state to attend the conference held in Jefferson City. The six-day conference is free to 9th-12th graders, with participants staying overnight on the campus of Lincoln University.

Click above to watch a video about MoDOT's Youth Transportation Conference.
The conference exposes students from across Missouri to the numerous career opportunities in the field of transportation and is packed with fun and exciting academic, career development and social activities. Students apply math, science, and computer concepts learned in school to transportation-related problems. The academic curriculum includes sessions on math modeling, applied physics, magnetic levitation, public administration, and safety. Other activities include field trips, office/site tours, and speakers from various divisions within MoDOT and related organizations.

This year's conference will take place July 15-20. Interested students must complete an application in full which must be accompanied by the required essay.

For more information visit - http://www.modot.org/equalopportunity/youthcamp.htm or contact MoDOT's Equal Opportunity and Diversity Division at 573-522-5333 or via email at equalopportunity@modot.mo.gov.

Safer Roadways
Fatality update

Did you know... between 2014-2016 in Missouri, there were more than 850 fatal crashes as a result of aggressive driving. Exceeding the speed limit, traveling too fast for the conditions, following another vehicle too closely, improperly passing and improper lane usage/changing lanes improperly - are all considered a form of aggressive driving.

Those between the age of 26-35 were involved in the highest percentage of fatal crashes, 25 percent. 

Aggressive driving kills. Slow down and be courteous to your fellow drivers. Everyone deserves to get to their destination safely. 
Safety tips on aggressive driving: https://youtu.be/pizzyAExl_k.

Statewide Fatality Totals 
as reported on the 
Missouri State Highway Patrol 
website as of April 22, 2018: 

2018 Totals as of 4-22-18 - 228
2017 Totals as of 4-22-17 - 256
2016 Totals as of 4-22-16 - 258
2015 Totals as of 4-22-15 - 220
2014 Totals as of 4-22-14 - 194
2013 Totals as of 4-22-13 - 173

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