January 17, 2019
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Did You Know This?
 Winter storm Gia update

Last weekend's winter storm Gia dumped as much as 20 inches of snow in some areas of the state. MoDOT crews worked around the clock, clearing the roads by Sunday afternoon. Governor Mike Parson, Senator Josh Hawley and a representative of Senator Roy Blunt's office participated in winter weather conference calls, providing support and appreciation for MoDOT's snow removal efforts.

Facebook post from the Governor's office: Just received a winter weather and road update from Missouri Department of Transportation & Missouri State Highway Patrol - appreciate our dedicated teams across the state working around the clock to ensure our roadways are cleared quickly. 

MoDOT call center - 8,600+ calls handled | Trucks - 1,500 | Truck operators - 3,000
Know before you go!

We're bracing for another potential storm this weekend. Here are just a few tips to stay safe on the roadways:
  • Check the Traveler Information Map at modot.org
  • Have a car safety kit in your trunk - just some items to include:
    • blankets
    • water
    • snacks
    • flashlight with extra batteries
  • Keep your cell phone charged and charger in your car
  • Check out SEMA's website for more, including a full list of car safety kit items - Weather Safety Information
Have You Seen This?
Annual Report released

This year, we are releasing a newly formatted Report to the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight, also known as the Accountability Report.

The new report is more efficient and easier to understand. It consists of five documents we already produce and distribute:
  • The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
  • The Citizen's Guide to Transportation Funding in Missouri
  • The Financial Snapshot
  • The MoDOT Results document
  • The Year in Review
Although now combined under a single cover, these individual documents can still be read and distributed separately if needed.

The goal of the change was to eliminate hundreds of hours of staff time collecting and assembling the report, and to present an understandable document to legislators and the public. Legislation passed in May enabled us to produce the report using information we already publish on an annual basis. Moving forward, we will use this publication as our annual report for use with a variety of audiences.

You can view the updated MoDOT Annual Report documents on our website: www.modot.org/modot-annual-report.
TRACTION conference

Every year MoDOT offers a traffic safety leadership training conference to a group of high school students called TRACTION - Teens Taking Action to Prevent Traffic Crashes.

TRACTION is a three-day training program for 10-12 students and two advisors. TRACTION is a youth traffic safety leadership training program designed to empower youth to take an active role in promoting safe driving habits. TRACTION seeks to accomplish this mission by providing youth and their adult advisors with the motivation, information, skills and support necessary to develop a plan of action that addresses impaired driving, drowsy driving, driver inattention and promoting safety belt usage through events and activities to be implemented within their schools and communities.

Each conference contains at least six workshops/speakers that promote safe driving habits along with several fun learning activities in the evening that the students absolutely have a blast at!

For all details visit the website -  MoTraction.com.
This day in transportation history

Jan. 17, 1929 - Popeye the Sailor, a popular cartoon character, made his debut in the comic strip "Thimble Theatre." In keeping with what has remained his maritime orientation, Popeye was asked in his first-ever appearance to help out with waterborne transportation.
Safer Roadways
Fatality update

Did you know... Over half of the traffic fatalities in Missouri are involved in run-off-road crashes that do not include curves. Once these vehicles leave the roadway, they often overturn and/or strike an object such a as a tree or pole, which are unforgiving. Regardless of the terrain, roadway or driving environment - Buckle Up Phone Down, every trip, every time.

Statewide Fatality Totals  
as reported on the 
Missouri State Highway Patrol 
website as of Jan. 13, 2019: 

2019 Totals as of 1-13-18 - 18
2018 Totals as of 1-13-17 - 31
2017 Totals as of 1-13-16 - 25
2016 Totals as of 1-13-15 - 27
2015 Totals as of 1-13-14 - 32
2014 Totals as of 1-13-13 - 19
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