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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Partners from around the state show their support for safety in this BUPD Day virtual kickoff event.
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.