December 6, 2018
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MoDOT team creates multi-cultural safety message
St. Louis workers encourage drivers to Buckle Up Phone Down in a variety of languages

How do you say, "Buckle Up Phone Down?"

When your employee base is as diverse as the Missouri Department of Transportation, the ways seem nearly unlimited.

Click above to watch the multi-cultural BUPD video created by MoDOT St. Louis employees.
St. Louis Community Liaison Shirlyn Myles took camera in hand to give MoDOT employees a chance to voice the Buckle Up Phone Down message in their native languages. The two-and-a-half minute video shares the important safety message in a variety of languages including French, Spanish, Thai, Igbo, Arabic, Croatian, Tigrigna-Eritrean, Amharic, Dutch, English and American Sign Language.

"MoDOT is a multicultural agency, and Missouri is home to many cultures," said Tom Blair, MoDOT district engineer in St. Louis. "Our St. Louis team wanted to encourage everyone to buckle their safety belts and put their phones down while driving--especially during the holidays."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is a leading cause of car crashes in the United States. In 2017, 932 people died in crashes on Missouri highways. Sixty-four percent of vehicle drivers and passengers were not wearing a safety belt.

According to AAA, texting increases the risk of a car crash by 50 percent. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for nearly five seconds. At 55 mph, that is the same as driving the length of an entire football field blindfolded.

"This video not only gives MoDOT the opportunity to celebrate its diversity of cultures, it also helps spread the vital BUPD message in a truly unique way," Blair said. "Enjoy. Share. And encourage your family to take the Buckle Up Phone Down challenge at MODOT.org/BuckleUpPhoneDown."
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 5,786 individuals and 439 businesses who have joined the movement so far.

Click below to accept the challenge!


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Have You Seen This?
St. Louis Poplar Street Bridge update
  • By the end of this month, all lanes on the expanded Poplar Street Bridge will be open to traffic.
  • That milestone will put the cap on a whole series of projects on the St. Louis Riverfront that have been planned, designed and constructed over the past three decades.
  • Click here or on the image to watch a short video that highlights all of that work.
Shovel smart - here's the secret

Once should be enough when it comes to shoveling snow out of your driveway after a winter storm. Unfortunately, that snow can end up re-deposited across your driveway entrance when snowplows begin to clear the roadways. MoDOT has a simple solution to help you avoid a second round of shoveling.

Scooping snow about 10 feet away to the left of your driveway is the key. This leaves enough room for a snow plow to deposit the excess snow in the free area you created, keeping your driveway entrance clear.

Click here - shovel smart, or on the image for a short "how to" video.
Did You Know This?
Traveler information "how to"

When winter weather hits, Missouri drivers need to know the latest road conditions. That's why MoDOT hosts the Traveler Information Map on our website. 

To make the map even easier to navigate, a short video was created to show the options available. 

Click the image, or check it out here -  TIM how To video

It's easy to check the map online or download as an app for your mobile device -  TIM mobile app .

The image shows what the Traveler Information Map looked like on Nov. 26 when the northern part of the state was covered with snow.

Although checking the map for winter road conditions is very popular with drivers, the map also shows work zones, incidents and other closures that help drivers get to their destination. 
Average statistics for MoDOT winter operations the past five years: (2013-2018)
  • Annual snow removal cost - $45 million
  • Tons of salt used per winter - 129,000 tons
  • Number of workers for winter operations - 3,200
  • Number of snowplows - 1,500
  • Gallons of salt brine used - 3 million gallons
  • Gallons of beet juice used - 631,000 gallons
  • Number of hours worked fighting winter weather - 490,000 hours
  • Number of miles driven on plow trucks - 5 million miles
Summary of 2017-2018 Winter Operations:
  • $43 million total cost
  • 145,000 tons salt
  • 3.4 million gallons salt brine
Fatality update
Did you know...I n 2018, the teen safety belt usage increased to 74 percent, a four percent increase over 2016. Fast facts about the teen survey:
  • Safety belt usage for female teen drivers was 9.6 percent higher than their male counterparts.
  • When a teen driver had an adult front seat passenger, safety belt usage was 94.3 percent for the teen driver, compared to 74.5 percent when another teen was the passenger.
  • A total of 150 schools across Missouri were selected to be surveyed. 
  • The survey, which is conducted bi-annually, was held in April. 
Statewide Fatality Totals 
as reported on the 
Missouri State Highway Patrol 
website as of Dec. 2, 2018: 

2018 Totals as of 12-2-18 - 842
2017 Totals as of 12-2-17 - 862
2016 Totals as of 12-2-16 - 873
2015 Totals as of 12-2-15 - 805
2014 Totals as of 12-2-14 - 706
  2013 Totals as of 12-2-13 - 701  

Railroad executive Howard Elliott. Photo from Wikipedia.
This day in transportation history

Dec. 6, 1860 -  Railroad executive Howard Elliott was born in New York City. He was president of the Northern Pacific Railway from 1903 to 1913. He then became president of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, overseeing a popular service that transported people to Yale University's home football games.

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