February 4, 2016
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Game Plan for Super Bowl 50: Are You Drinking or Driving?
This is NOT the time for an option play.

The Super Bowl is America's most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl 50, Sunday, February 7, there will be a lot of game day socializing that may include drinking. That's why the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is urging football fans to call the play now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

The coalition encourages fans to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you and others on the road. 

In 2015, 162 people were killed and 576 seriously injured in Missouri crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver. "Drunk driving is completely preventable," said Bill Whitfield, executive committee chair for the coalition. "All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it's a choice. Drink OR drive - but never both." 

For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it's a friend, relative, taxi, ride share or public transportation. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers a new SaferRide mobile app. The app helps people who have been drinking get a safe ride home; it helps users call a taxi or a friend and identifies their location so they can be picked up. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play and Apple devices on the iTunes store. 

For more information on the SaferRide mobile app and highway safety, go to  saveMOlives.com . You can also follow SaveMOLives on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, #saveMOlives, #drivesoberMO and #ArriveAlive.
Don't drink and drive - get home safely with this new app!
The SaferRide mobile app is a simple way to get home safely with just three easy buttons:

- Get Taxi - choose from a list of available taxi services in your area, and call with a tap of a button.
- Call a Friend - a pre-programmed contact.
- Where Am I? - if you just need to know where you are, you can bring up a map of your current location.

Here's the links:
Android devices
Apple devices

SaferRide was developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Westbound Missouri river bridge at Jefferson City to close early to mid-April

MoDOT is reminding motorists that the westbound bridge carrying Routes 54/63 over the Missouri River in Jefferson City will be closed for painting and deck repairs for about four months beginning in early to mid-April.

The eastbound bridge will remain open and will be striped to carry two lanes of eastbound and two lanes of westbound traffic.

The 120-day closure is set to begin within the first few weeks of April, with a firm date to be announced closer to the project start.

In addition to the bridge closure, all access ramps from Route 54/63 to West Main Street, the eastbound on-ramp from McCarty St. to Route 54/63 and the westbound on-ramp from Route W to Route 54/63 will be closed. Speed limits will also be reduced on and near the bridge.

Prior to the bridge closure in April, there will be some periodic single-lane closures at night to allow the contractor to perform preliminary preparation work. The entire project will take 16 months to complete.

Get more information on the website - http://www.modot.org/central/.
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Missouri Dept. of Transportation | (888) 275-6636
P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270