August 16, 2018
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Getting arrested could be the least of your worries

Labor Day weekend brings a surge of travel across the nation. During the summer's last holiday, many will make the conscious mistake of driving impaired.

Getting arrested could be the least of your worries. An impaired driving arrest could cost you thousands of dollars in fines, court costs and lawyer fees, not to mention you could also lose your license, lose your job or--worse yet--take someone's life!

This year's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility crackdown will run Aug. 17 through the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 3.

"Impaired driving continues to be a huge concern on Missouri roadways," said Colonel Sandra Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "We will continue our year-round efforts of enforcing Missouri's DWI laws and through this campaign create public awareness to the dangers impaired driving causes on our highways."

Statewide, law enforcement made 242 DWI arrests, 27 DUI drug arrests and 23 MIP's during this campaign in 2017.

"Each day, lives are drastically changed or lost in preventable traffic crashes caused by impaired driving," said Jon Nelson, executive chair to the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "In 2017, 196 people were killed and 605 seriously injured in Missouri crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver."

We are all a part of the solution. To learn more about impaired driving and how you can Arrive Alive, visit saveMOlives.com, or follow social media at Save MO Lives, #DriveSoberMO.

On Facebook? If so, tune in on Friday, Aug. 17 at 10:00 a.m. to watch the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Press Conference live - https://www.facebook.com/saveMOlives/?fref=mentions.
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 4,755 individuals and 386 businesses who have joined the movement so far.

Click below to accept the challenge!


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Have You Seen This?
Barrel Bob made it to the Missouri State Fair

Click to watch Barrel Bob navigate work zones on his way to the Missouri State Fair.
Barrel Bob had been itching to reunite with his favorite superheroes since they published their first comic book together last year. When he heard Safe Ride and Wonder Click were making an appearance at the Missouri State Fair he knew he would have to earn his place among the Safety Friends. 

Bob's Big Adventure led him through a work zone on his way to the fair, encountering the dangers his heroes along the highway face every day.

Bob made it to the fair, and he's been having fun with all the visitors coming to the Highway Gardens facility. If you're visiting the fair, stop by and see the many exhibits in the Gardens and visit Barrel Bob and Baby Bob while you're there! 

The fair opened Aug. 9 and ends Sunday. 
Snow plows were used to clear debris off of Interstate 35 near Kearney earlier this week.
MoDOT's Kansas City District uses 
snow plows to help clear debris

Even in the middle of summer a snow plow can come in handy! 

Earlier this week the Kansas City District used snow plows to clear debris off Interstate 35. A semi involved in the crash was carrying metal piping that was spread across the interstate near Kearney.

Kansas City Scout kept motorists informed of the process on social media. Fox 4 TV also shared the posts on their website as well - Fox4.com - https://fox4kc.com/2018/08/14/snow-plows-working-to-clear-metal-pipes-from-sb-i-35-after-semi-crash/.
Meet MoDOT

The Meet MoDOT publication has been updated, given a fresh look and posted to MoDOT's website. Click here to see the latest version - Meet MoDOT.


Safer Roadways
Please drive carefully, new school year is starting

As classes begin across the state, drivers are reminded to slow down, pay attention and watch out for increased traffic as more children are near the roadway walking to school or waiting for the bus.

Here are some back to school safe driving reminders:

For Drivers:
  • Be alert! Looking away from the roadway for just two seconds doubles the chance of being involved in a crash. Avoid talking on your cellphone, texting or any other activity that might take attention away from the roadway. Remember: Buckle Up Phone Down.
  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school. Also, children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • It is a state law that vehicles must stop when a school bus has its red warning lights flashing and the stop sign is extended.
  • Slow down where speed limits are reduced in school zones.
For Students:

Parents and caregivers should talk to children about bus stop safety and traffic safety rules. Here are a few tips:
  • Always stay in sight of the bus driver. Assume drivers cannot see you, and never walk behind a school bus.
  • Don't hurry off the bus. Make sure to check traffic first.
  • Use sidewalks where available. If you must walk in the street, walk single file facing traffic.
  • Walk, don't run. Look both ways. Avoid using cellphones, ear buds and hand-held games.
  • When crossing a street -- in a crosswalk or at a corner -- wait until all cars are stopped before stepping out. That means all cars in all lanes in both directions.
For more information on school bus and pedestrian safety, go to www.savemolives.com.
Fatality update

Did you know...  80 percent of school bus involved fatalities take place during the day as most would assume, leaving the other 20 percent taking place during night hours.  Also, over half of the fatalities involving a school bus take place on lettered routes.

Regardless of the time or day or the route you are traveling, be on the lookout for school buses and children.

Have a happy and safe school year. 



Statewide Fatality Totals 
as reported on the 
Missouri State Highway Patrol 
website as of Aug. 12, 2018: 

2018 Totals as of 8-12-18 - 543
2017 Totals as of 8-12-17 - 542
2016 Totals as of 8-12-16 - 538
2015 Totals as of 8-12-15 - 506
2014 Totals as of 8-12-14 - 449
2013 Totals as of 8-12-13 - 434
Did You Know This?
MoDOT streamlines hay movement for drought relief to Missouri farmers and ranchers

Severe drought conditions through much of the state have prompted MoDOT to offer a special overwidth hauling permit to help farmers and ranchers move hay as needed. Loads must be of legal height, length and weight. Permits can be requested via phone and will, in most cases, be issued within minutes via fax or email. The $32 permit fee will be waived through Oct. 31, 2018.

Before hauling, drivers must apply for the special overwidth hauling permit for loads that exceed 8 feet 6 inches in width and map their route to avoid work zones, bridges and other areas that have weight, narrow lane or height restrictions. This information, as well as a special bridge and height restriction view, is available on the MoDOT Traveler Information Map at modot.org.

"Missouri's agriculture community thrives when neighbors and rural communities rely on one another, and that is exactly the support this waiver will encourage," Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said. "We sincerely thank Governor Parson, as well as the Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation, for their continued support of farmers and ranchers during this extensive drought season."

MoDOT's waiver and special overwidth permit allows drivers in Missouri to:
  • Obtain the permit at no cost
  • Haul hay loads of up to 12 feet and 4 inches in width
  • Move hay during holiday periods and at night. At night, or when visibility is less than 500 feet, drivers must use a reflective, oversized load sign and clearance lights instead of the normal flags required at the edges of the load.
For full details click here - Hay Permits.
The Delaware Memorial Bridge today. Wikipedia.
This day in transportation history

Aug. 16, 1951At a minute past midnight, the Delaware Memorial Bridge linking Delaware with New Jersey was opened to traffic. 

By 1960, more than 15 million vehicles were crossing the four-lane bridge structure each year. A second span opened in 1968.
 
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