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Responders urge motorists to slow down,
move over: “I’m somebody’s child” 
It’s a constant battle MoDOT motor assistance operators and thousands of other first responders across the state fight every day – drivers who won’t move over or slow down when they encounter emergency vehicles on Missouri roadways.

These hard-working responders put their lives on the line every day, assisting motorists in need. When drivers don’t move over or slow down, the results can be deadly. Traffic incidents are the leading cause of death for EMS responders and law enforcement officers, claiming the lives of about 200 roadside workers every year.

The Federal Highway Administration has declared the week of Nov. 9-15 as National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week to remind motorists to move over or slow down when they encounter emergency highway workers.

It’s not just a good practice, it’s the law. Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to either change lanes or slow down when approaching stationary MoDOT, law enforcement or other emergency vehicles with flashing lights.

Remember, when you see emergency vehicles, law enforcement, tow trucks and highway crews with warning lights either on the road or shoulder, slow down, and when you’re able to do so, move over. We want to make sure everyone goes home safely every day.
Repairs to Missouri River Bridges in Jefferson City
MoDOT will make repairs to the Route 54/63 bridges over the Missouri River in Jefferson City next year. These are regular maintenance procedures meant to extend the lives of the bridges. You can find more details, ask questions or provide feedback through Nov. 16. Learn more.
Respect the load, share the road
Commercial motor vehicles are an important part of our nation’s economy and have a large presence on our highways. Remember to give big trucks plenty of room. There are safety measures you can take to keep yourself safe when driving around big trucks. Learn more.
Buckle Up Phone Down Day recap
MoDOT held its fourth annual Buckle Up Phone Down Day on Oct. 16 to bring attention to two simple actions that can save lives on the state’s highways – fastening your seat belt and putting your phone down while driving. A short video recaps the days event. Watch here.
Did you know this about Missouri rail?
Missouri has: 4,200 miles of Class 1 main-line track rail lines and 425 miles of short-line track rail lines. There are four Amtrak routes with 13 stops. Kansas City and St. Louis are the 2nd and 3rd largest freight rail hubs in the U.S. Read more about Missouri transportation.
Fatality update
Statewide fatality totals as reported on the Missouri
State Highway Patrol website as of Nov. 1, 2020
2020 totals - 827 / 2017 totals - 772
2019 totals - 737 / 2016 totals - 795
2018 totals - 779 / 2015 totals - 719

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 13,685 who have taken the pledge so far.

Missouri Dept. of Transportation | (888) 275-6636
P.O. Box 270 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0270