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.
Tuesday, Oct. 29 was the third annual Buckle Up Phone Down Day. To raise awareness and celebrate Missouri's recent rise in seat belt usage, a press conference was held in the Stotler Lounge on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. Check out the full press conference.
Seat belt usage in Missouri has risen to an all-time high of 87.7% according to the latest Missouri Seat Belt Usage Survey! Read more here.
In 2017, 932 people were killed in Missouri traffic crashes – 687 were vehicle drivers and passengers, with 64 percent being unbuckled.
Ninety-four percent of crashes are caused by some form of human error.
Reported crashes involving cellphones rose 11 percent in 2017. 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 (source: VA Tech).
With stats like that it’s time for businesses, communities, government agencies and individuals to accept the challenge.