September 29, 2016
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OATS celebrates 45 years serving Missourians

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, Missouri OATS, Inc. celebrated its 45th year serving the citizens of Missouri. 

Originally founded in 1971 by a group of individuals who saw a need for transportation, especially in rural areas, OATS has grown to be one of the largest systems of its kind in the country.  

As a public transportation provider, OATS buses traveled 14.8 million miles last year in MO and was utilized by more than 32,000 Missourians. Last year, 1,594,584 one-way trips were provided with a staff of 700.

The mission of OATS, Inc. is to provide reliable transportation for transportation disadvantaged Missourians so they can live independently in their own communities. MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna and Multimodal Division Director Michelle Teel participated in the celebration event along with more than 1,000 transit riders.
"The high quality service OATS provides to Missourians across the state is tremendous," Teel said. "They are a national leader in providing essential transportation services, and we are proud and delighted to congratulate them on their 45th anniversary."
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Have You Seen This?
Click above to watch Michael Chambers of A&T talk about how transportation is personal.
Transportation, it's personal

Having a solid transportation infrastructure plays an important part in keeping everyone connected.

With a large fleet traveling on Missouri's roads, AT&T depends on that infrastructure to keep their customers connected.

Click on the image to watch Michael Chambers with AT&T discusses how transportation keeps the business moving in this personal story.

MoDOT Day of Remembrance, September 15, 2016

Did You Know This?
More Missourians are buckling up!
Statewide survey shows a 1.5 percent increase

Results of a recent statewide survey reveal that Missouri drivers and passengers are buckling up more in 2016, but still have much room to improve.

Based on 123,678 observations of Missouri drivers and passengers in this year's statewide survey, the safety belt use rate is 81.4 percent, up 1.5 percent from 2015. This is still far behind the national average, which was 88.5 percent in 2015.

Safety belt usage ranged from a low of 63 percent in Jackson County to a high of 95 percent in Montgomery County. The survey also indicated that females tend to buckle up more than males with 85 and 78.6 percent respectively. Pickup truck drivers are only 69.7 percent likely to buckle up, while drivers of sport utility vehicles buckle up at 86.7 percent.

"It's vital that the driver and all passengers are buckled up every trip, every one, every time, day and night," said Bill Whitfield, chair of the executive committee for the coalition. "Ninety-four percent of the time driver error is responsible for a crash, and your safety belt is your best defense if a crash occurs."

Modern vehicles are safer than they have ever been. Integrated safety systems such as airbags and crumple zones have drastically increased chances of crash survival. However, all of these safety improvements are designed with the assumption that the occupants of a vehicle are properly restrained with a safety belt. Not wearing a safety belt severely undermines a vehicle's ability to keep its passengers safe in a crash.

As of Sept. 29, 669 people have died in Missouri traffic crashes this year, an 8% increase over this time last year. Of those deaths, 439 were vehicle occupants who had a seat belt available, but 60 percent chose not to wear a safety belt and were killed. Many of these people might be alive today if they had simply buckled up.

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