Join Missouri’s Buckle Up, Phone Down Challenge

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) wants Missourians to take part in Buckle Up, Phone Down Challenge Day on Fri., Oct. 20.

This is a great day to start a habit that could save your life. When you get into a vehicle, buckle your safety belt. If you are driving, put the cellphone down and leave it there.

Only 9 states rank lower than Missouri in seat belt usage. MoDOT records show that, of the 683 vehicle drivers and passengers who died in crashes on Missouri roads in 2016, 63% were not wearing a seat belt.

Reported crashes involving cell phones in Missouri rose 17 percent in 2015. When a driver is texting and driving they are 23 times more likely to be in a critical incident. (source: VA Tech)

For more information about the challenge, visit the MoDOT site.

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