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Rail Safety Week
Each year, MoDOT partners with Operation Lifesaver, Inc. to raise awareness of the special attention needed to stay safe on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings.
Since 1972, Operation Lifesaver has been committed to preventing injuries and fatalities that occur when trains collide with motor vehicles and pedestrians.
Here are some reminders to help everyone stay safe around railroads:
Freight trains don’t follow published schedules; always expect a train.
A typical freight train can take more than a mile to stop.
The train you see is likely closer and moving faster than you think.
The only safe place to cross the tracks is at a designated crossing.
Being on railroad tracks and property is not only dangerous – it’s illegal. Learn more.
Child Passenger Safety Week
The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to ensure all caregivers of young children know the importance of buckling children in an appropriate child restraint. Using the appropriate seat prevents serious injuries and could save your child’s life. Learn more.
National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month. It's the perfect time to gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control. Read more.
Remembering our fallen
On Sept. 17, MoDOT held its annual Day of Remembrance ceremony, when we pause to remember our 134 fallen co-workers. Please remember to pay attention in work zones so everyone can go home safe at the end of each day.
MoDOT uses more ethanol and biodiesel fuel a year than all other state agencies combined - enough fuel to drive a car to Mars and back. The idea of taking care of what we have has always been at the core of MoDOT's environmental philosophy. Learn more.
Statewide fatality totals as reported on the Missouri
State Highway Patrol website as of Sept. 20, 2020
2020 totals - 698 / 2017 totals - 649
2019 totals - 618 / 2016 totals - 658
2018 totals - 672 / 2015 totals - 599
Take the challenge
When you get into any vehicle, buckle up your seat belt. If you are a driver, put the cellphone down. Join the 13,310 who have taken the pledge so far.