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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.

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Hockey fans reminded to BUPD

As hockey fans celebrate the St. Louis Blues winning the Stanley Cup, Blues mascot Louie wants to remind motorists to buckle up and put your phone down when driving. Congratulations to the St. Louis Blues!

MoDOT Multilingual BUPD

MoDOT is a multicultural agency and we want all our citizens to Buckle Up and put the Phone Down while driving; especially during the holidays.

Take the Buckle Up Phone Down challenge and post your photo on Facebook with your right thumb up and your left thumb down using this BUPD Facebook frame:


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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.

Primary Safety Belt Law Infographic

Electronic Communication Devices Infographic


Students from all across Missouri are accepting the challenge to buckle up and put their phones down, every time they drive. Check out the challenge videos below.

The Battle High School Spartans accept the BUPD challenge and challenge the Hickman High School seniors to do the same.

The Trailblazers of Tolton Catholic High School accept the BUPD challenge and challenge the Helias Crusaders to do the same.

Students and faculty at Scotland County High School accepted the BUPD challenge and are challenging Knox, Schuyler and Clark County high schools to do the same.

Missouri State University students, faculty and bears show their support for the BUPD movement.

Student groups and athletes from Hermann High School get in the BUPD spirit and challenge some neighboring schools.

The students of Harrisonville High School show their support and accept the challenge.

The Kearney High Bulldogs have taken the BUPD challenge and are challenging the Owls of Marshall High School to do the same.

The Lutheran High North Crusaders have taken the Buckle Up Phone Down challenge and are challenging other area schools to do the same.

Students from Blue Jay Journal TV at Washington High School show their support for the Buckle Up Phone Down challenge and challenge other organizations and schools.

The Lee's Summit North Bronco Marching Band accepts the challenge and challenges other area marching bands to do the same.

The Lee's Summit North Broncos Football Team accepts the challenge and challenges other area schools.

The Rock Bridge Bruins accept the challenge and challenge some areas rivals.

The Worth County Tigers show their support and accept the challenge and challenge the other teams in their jamboree.

The Sikeston Bulldogs accept the challenge and challenge a few of their rivals.

The Jefferson City Jays Football
Team shows their commitment to safety and challenges other area schools.