The challenge is simple: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cell phone 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.
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Here’s your chance to release your inner Spielberg! The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is seeking your help in creating our next Buckle Up Phone Down public service announcement (PSA).
The contest is simple:
• Create a 30-second PSA that tells others why buckling up and putting their phone down while driving is important
• Fill out the online application
• Once we receive your online form, we will send you a link to upload your video
Click here to enter and good luck!
Take the challenge yourself and then challenge your friends, family and those in your community to buckle up and put the phone down while driving.
See how it all began in this short documentary.
In 2020, more than 975 people lost their lives in Missouri traffic crashes, an increase of 10% from 2019.
Missouri's current safety belt usage rate is 86% with the unbuckled 14% accounting for 349 fatalities in 2019.
Over the past five years, cell phone related crashes in Missouri have increased by 30%, with nearly 2,500 crashes in 2019.
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. Approximately 70% of drivers using cell phones in Missouri traffic crashes were 22 years of age or older. We are challenging all drivers to honor that ban no matter what their age.
With stats like that it’s time for businesses, communities, government agencies and individuals to accept the challenge.