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Michele Sewart, 816-607-2027

March 23, 2018 09:31 AM
Kansas City Region Reaches Milestone in Buckle Up/Phone Down Safety Challenge

Lee’s Summit -- More than 100 Kansas City area businesses, cities and organizations united in their efforts to reduce roadway fatalities and injuries by joining the Buckle Up/Phone Down Challenge. Last summer, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety challenged Missouri businesses and private individuals to buckle up, put their phones down and make safety a priority.

“We are so excited to see the overwhelming support in our region and hope this translates to fewer fatalities and injuries on our roads,” said MoDOT Kansas City District Engineer Brian Kidwell.

The Buckle Up/Phone Down Challenge tackles the two most impactful actions a driver can take to prevent crashes -- or survive if one occurs.

Distracted driving is a major cause of crashes, not only in Missouri, but in the United States.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that cell phones were involved in at least 2,237 crashes in 2015 alone.

“You are 23 times more likely to be in a critical incident when the driver is texting and driving,” said MoDOT Highway Safety Director Bill Whitfield. “And only eight states scored lower than Missouri on voluntary safety belt use.”

Of the 938 people killed on Missouri’s roadways last year, 684 were drivers and passengers of vehicles subject to Missouri’s current safety belt law.  A tragic 62 percent were unrestrained.

“MoDOT has had the mandatory safety belt policy in place for years and has now banned all cell phone use, including voice, while operating a MoDOT vehicle,” said Kidwell.

Statistics show that these two policy changes could have an impact on both incidents and highway fatalities. The Buckle Up/Phone Down Challenge is trying to change these numbers. Participating businesses and agencies can display their logos on the Wall of Fame to show their support. Learn more at www.modot.org/BuckleUpPhoneDown.

For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity.  MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for work zone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).



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