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 2018, Missouri exceeded 900 traffic fatalities for the third year in a row.
Missouri's current safety belt usage rate is 88% with the unbuckled 12% accounting for 392 fatalities in 2018.
Since 2014, cell phone related crashes in Missouri have increased by 31%, with nearly 2,500 crashes in 2018.
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.
When a driver is texting and driving they are 23 times more likely to be in a critical incident (source: VA Tech).
With stats like that it’s time for businesses, communities, government agencies and individuals to accept the challenge.