August 17, 2017
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It's almost here - 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 by watching this short video.

If you are traveling, be sure that:
  • Your car has a full tank of gas
  • You have water
  • You are prepared for potential cell service outages
  • You use MoDOT's Travel Information Map for traffic updates
 For more information on the eclipse, visit the State of Missouri website -
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 768 people (197) 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?
Drive sober or get pulled over
This is r eal life

Choosing to drive impaired, or ride with someone who is, is not worth the risk - this is real life, and once something goes wrong, it can't be taken back.

Last year, statewide law enforcement made 308 DWI arrests during the impaired driving campaign. There were 189 agencies statewide that participated in this effort.

This year's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will run from August 18 through Sept. 3.

"Impaired driving is a year-round concern in Missouri, but the goal of this campaign is to help create public awareness to the dangers and consequences of driving while under the influence," said Colonel Sandra Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "We want all drivers to get home safe every day, and this campaign helps make that happen."

Consider some of the consequences if you choose to drive impaired:
  • If you cause a fatal crash while intoxicated, you can be charged with involuntary manslaughter - a felony resulting in up to seven years of prison time, a $5,000 fine or both.
  • Your license can be suspended for 90 days on your first conviction. You could be fined up to $500 and spend up to 6 months in jail.
  • Any person guilty of a second or subsequent intoxication-related traffic offense will be required to install an ignition interlock device on their car before reinstating driving privileges.
  • Minors may additionally be subject to a Minor in Possession citation resulting in license suspension for 90 days for first offense. This is in addition to any suspension resulting from point assessment on an alcohol conviction.
  • Insurance coverage will be difficult to find, and your rates will be significantly higher.
  • There is the added embarrassment, humiliation and potential loss and consequence after informing family, friends and employers.
To learn more about substance-impaired driving and how you can Arrive Alive, visit, or follow social media at Save MO Lives, #DriveSoberMO.
Fatality update

Did you know... .
between 2012-2014, 76 percent of run-off-road (on a curve) fatalities occurred in rural areas.  
Statewide Fatality Totals
as reported on the
Missouri State Highway Patrol
website  as of Aug. 13, 2017:
2017 Totals as of 8-13-17 - 526
2016 Totals as of 8-13-16 - 547
2015 Totals as of 8-13-15 - 507
2014 Totals as of 8-13-14 - 452
2013 Totals as of 8-13-13 - 436
 2012 Totals as of 8-13-12 - 515 

Off the Road News

Commuter parking lots and carpooling

MoDOT's commuter parking lots are a convenient place to leave personal vehicles while sharing a ride with another person or group. Visit MoDOT's website to find all commuter lot locations, capacities and features - Commuter Lots.

You can also find links to Missouri's carpooling websites - MoDOT Carpool Connections, and there's even a link for calculating your carbon footprint - Calculator.
Visit MoDOT's highway gardens at the state fair

It's not too late to go to the Missouri state fair, which runs through Aug. 20. 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. 

Hope to see you there!

Visit the website to find out more about all the fun -
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Missouri Dept. of Transportation | (888) 275-6636
P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270