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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 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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Make Every Day Buckle Up Phone Down Day!

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.

Buckle Up Phone Down - The Story

See how it all began in this short documentary.

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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Buckle Up:

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*.

Phone Down:

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.)

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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.

Students at State Technical College of Missouri accept the BUPD challenge and know the importance of safe driving.

Students in the Scotland County Drama Club accept the BUPD challenge.

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.