November 9, 2017
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Motorists Reminded to Move Over for Responders
Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week, Nov. 13-19

Every minute of every day, emergency responders across Missouri work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents. Across the country every year, hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding. The Federal Highway Administration has declared Nov. 13-19, 2017 as the second annual national Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week. MoDOT and its partners, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol, remind motorists to move over for any vehicle with flashing lights on the highway.

MoDOT and the State Patrol work every day to maintain a safe and reliable transportation system for Missourians. Traffic incidents on the roads jeopardize that and therefore MoDOT's emergency response crews work to keep our system moving every day. In an average month, MoDOT emergency crews respond to 5,000 traffic incidents.

"MoDOT and its partners in law enforcement, fire, EMS and the tow industry work together to clear incidents but we need the help of motorists," said MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger. "Move over when you see responders on the road and give them extra space to work. Please respect the lives of responders who safeguard you when you are in a crash."

Missouri's Move Over law requires drivers to change lanes when approaching MoDOT vehicles, law enforcement vehicles and any other emergency vehicle with lights flashing. If drivers can't change lanes safely, they must slow down as they pass the emergency vehicles. 
Join the Movement!
Take the challenge: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cellphone down.  Join the 2,023 people (279 of whom represent businesses) who have joined the movement so far. 

Click below to accept the challenge!

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Did You Know This?
MoDOT holds inaugural Buckle Up Phone Down day

To help spread the vital message of buckling up on every trip in an automobile and putting your cell phone down when driving, MoDOT celebrated its inaugural Buckle Up Phone Down day with an event on Oct. 20 in Jefferson City. 

Click above to watch a video of Columbia College student Kayle Denny sharing her personal story and the importance of buckling your safety belt.
The ceremony, co-hosted by Central Bank, was highlighted by a surprise Buckle Up Phone Down day proclamation by Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin, as well as remarks from Sgt. Scott White of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, MoDOT State Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood and MoDOT Central District Engineer David Silvester.

The assembled crowd and the members of the media also heard from Central Bank Vice President of Human Resources Christine Ellinger and Columbia College Student Kayle Denny. Ellinger's vehicle was hit by a texting driver in St. Louis, and Ellinger's life was saved by wearing a seatbelt. Denny's story includes the fact that she is a functioning quadriplegic from injuries suffered in an accident where she was not buckled up.

Short videos of Ellinger and Denny can be viewed at the links below:

Kayle Denny buckle up video
Christine Ellinger phone down video
Have You Seen This?
MoDOT receives clean audit

For the 18th consecutive year, MoDOT has received an unmodified, or clean opinion from its independent auditors.

The good news was delivered to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission at its meeting this month in St. Louis.

MoDOT Financial Services Director Brenda Morris said the clean audit reflects sound financial reporting.

The accounting firm RubinBrown conducted the audit, and their opinion was included in the department's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2017, which was accepted by the Commission.

According to Chief Financial Officer Roberta Broeker, a CAFR goes beyond the financial reporting that is required by statute to demonstrate MoDOT's commitment to a high standard of public accountability.

Commissioner Tom Waters commended the audit staff, calling it "fantastic news."
Roadway Safety
Traffic safety presentation available

The hOUR Project is a traffic safety presentation that takes approximately one hour of your time to talk about something that is OUR problem - serious injury crashes and fatalities. Geared toward businesses and organizations statewide, this presentation stresses the importance of keeping employees safe while working in company vehicles and when they're driving to and from work.

Many corporations have recognized a compelling need to provide education about the dangers of distracted driving, including the use of cell phones while driving, along with the importance of consistent safety belt use. 

Businesses can take advantage of the hOUR Project presentation. Upon request, this safety presentation can be brought to your business management or safety team, conference or safety meeting.

To learn more about the hOUR Project and request the presentation for your organization, click here - hOUR Project.

Fatality Update

Did you know... there have been 11 fatal and 91 serious injury crashes over the past three years involving deer. Year to date, there have been four fatal crashes - three of the four involved motorcyclists.  With fall comes mating season for these animals along with bow and rifle hunting season. With all this going on, they are constantly on the move, especially at dusk and dawn. 

Statewide Fatality Totals as reported on the Missouri State Highway Patrol website
as of Nov. 5, 2017:

2017 Totals as of 11-5-17 - 763
2016 Totals as of 11-5-16 - 812
2015 Totals as of 11-5-15 - 734
2014 Totals as of 11-5-14 - 628
2013 Totals as of 11-5-13 - 642
2012 Totals as of 11-5-12 - 711

Midwest Regional Child Passenger Safety Conference held in Springfield

Missouri had the honor of hosting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Region 7 Midwest Child Passenger Safety Conference this week in Springfield.  Over 240 attendees were present for this one and one-half day conference, gaining knowledge of new products and practices in child passenger safety. It was also a great time for the Region 7 representatives to convene to share their state reports and best practices.

Valuable continuing education credits were available for the workshops, which included topics in school bus safety, EMS best practices, child care transportation issues, product development and law enforcement best practices.
Missouri Dept. of Transportation | (888) 275-6636
P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270