The challenge is simple: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cellphone down. Turn it off if you have to. Every trip, every time!
Accept the challenge and challenge a friend, relative or members of your community to buckle their seat belts and put their phones down while driving.
Governor Parson has officially declared Oct. 19, 2018 to be Buckle Up Phone Down Day. View the proclamation here.
October 19 is Buckle Up Phone Down Day. This year events and activities were put on across the state.
Businesses on Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City got in the BUPD spirit by showing their support on their marquees.
Mayors from the cities of Hannibal, Shelbina and LaPlata got together to accept the challenge and challenge other Missouri cities.
In 2016, 947 people were killed in Missouri traffic crashes – 688 were vehicle drivers and passengers, with 62 percent being unbuckled.
Ninety-four percent of crashes are caused by some form of human error.
Reported crashes involving cellphones rose 11 percent in 2016. Cellphone related crashes in Missouri have increased more than 35 percent since 2014.
Right now, Missouri has a “no texting” law for drivers age 21 years and under. But distracted driving isn't just a young driver problem. In the last three years, approximately 70 percent of cellphone related crashes in Missouri involved drivers age 22 or older. We are challenging all drivers to honor that ban no matter what their age.
When a driver is texting and driving they are 23 times more likely to be in a critical incident.
With stats like that it’s time for businesses, communities, government agencies and individuals to accept the challenge.