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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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 2022*, more than 1,040 people lost their lives in Missouri traffic crashes, an increase of 3% from 2021.
Missouri's current safety belt usage rate is 89% with the unbuckled 11% accounting for 376 fatalities in 2022*.
Over the past ten years, cell phone related crashes in Missouri have increased by 15%, with over 2,200 crashes in 2022*.
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 73% 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.
(*2022 data is preliminary and subject to change.)