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Warmer weather brings more motorcycles to state roadways
MoDOT and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety want to remind everyone to watch for motorcycles to help prevent crashes, deaths and injuries to those traveling on two wheels.
Last year, 121 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes on Missouri roadways.
Remember: look twice to save a life.
And motorcyclists can add to their own safety by completing rider training before getting out on the road. There are 23 motorcycle training locations in Missouri.
Click here or on the image to watch a short video.
Watch for slow-moving operations
As striping and mowing operations begin, MoDOT reminds motorists to watch for these maintenance crews. If you encounter a MoDOT work crew, please slow down and don’t drive distracted - buckle up phone down. Watch a short video of a striping crew.
Chip sealing adds life to roads, saves dollars
Chip seal operations have begun throughout the state, and MoDOT wants you to know what this work entails and why this technique is used.
A series of videos can help drivers better understand this process.
Permits extended to truckers
To continue to ensure the critical flow of goods to aid the state’s COVID-19 emergency response, last week MoDOT extended the time-frame until June 15, 2020 for trucks to be able to carry heavier loads on the state’s interstates and highways .
Public Service Recognition Week
In recognition of Public Service Recognition Week, Gov. Mike Parson and his Cabinet leaders
shared a video with state employees thanking them for the hard work they are doing through these challenging times.
Why do we social distance?
Just like our fellow Missourians, MoDOT employees are practicing social distancing at work and at home.
Click here to watch a video on why employees are following this very important safety measure.
This day in transportation history
May 7, 1954 - Construction began on the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan. The 26,372-foot suspension bridge, which was first opened to traffic in 1967, spans the Mackinac Straits and connects the Wolverine State’s upper and lower peninsulas.
Photo from Wikipedia.
Statewide fatality totals as reported on the Missouri State Highway Patrol website as of May 3, 2020
2020 totals - 242 / 2017 totals - 281
2019 totals - 228 / 2016 totals - 282
2018 totals - 249 / 2015 totals - 252
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 13,173 who have taken the pledge so far.