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So long, winter driving? Motorists aren't in the clear quite yet
Last week marked the official end to a relentless winter season that brought numerous snow and ice storms and accompanying hazardous road conditions. Although winter may be over, MoDOT urges motorists to drive each day like it’s a snow day. MoDOT’s State Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood advises motorists to maintain the safe driving habits they’ve used this winter year around, as springtime starts a busy construction season. Read more here, including construction safe driving tips.
Gov. Parson declares state of emergency
Governor Mike Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri and activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan. The activation was in response to worsening conditions along the Missouri and Mississippi River systems as a result of release of water from upstream reservoirs, snow melt and excessive rainfall. Read More .
FMCSA and MoDOT support state of emergency
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has exempted truck drivers involved in flood relief efforts from certain regulations, including hours of service. The declaration includes the state of Missouri. Read More . Additionally, MoDOT will allow heavier-than-normal truckloads of rock, sand and gravel on Missouri highways. Read More .
MoDOT crews working to repair potholes
Crews started working to address pesky potholes as soon as there was a break in the weather. MoDOT will have about 300 pothole patching crews statewide working to make roadways safer through April. About 400,000 potholes were patched during the first two months of 2019. Read More.
St. Louis Work Zone 5K, 1-mile fun run
Spring is here and work zones will be popping up like daffodils across the region. Employees of MoDOT and transportation partners along with their families will run, walk and jog in the 6th Work Zone Awareness 5K Run/Walk in Chesterfield on April 13. Click here to learn more and to register to join the fun.
This day in transportation history-March 28, 1964
On the day after a massive earthquake hit south-central Alaska, the U.S. Air Force initiated Operation Helping Hand to provide urgently needed relief to the state. During the course of this 21-day airlift, the USAF transported medical, construction and communications personnel; and 1,850 tons of emergency equipment and supplies.
Fatality update
Did you know… with warmer spring weather, more people are driving motorcycles. So far this year there have been six motorcycle fatalities. The top contributing factors for motorcycle drivers involved in crashes are: traveling too fast for conditions, improper lane usage, substance-impairment, speeding and distraction/ inattention. No matter your mode of travel - do it safely!
Statewide Fatality Totals  
as reported on the  
Missouri State Highway Patrol  
website as of March 22, 2019:  

2019 Totals as of 3-22-19 - 154
2018 Totals as of 3-22-18 - 177
2017 Totals as of 3-22-17 - 182
2016 Totals as of 3-22-16 - 182
2015 Totals as of 3-22-15 - 159
2014 Totals as of 3-22-14 - 138

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 6,101 individuals and 450 businesses who have joined the movement so far.

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