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Safety is MoDOT’s first priority. Although most people think of work zones when they think of safety, it is much more than that. This site covers a variety of topics from how to navigate a roundabout, pulling your car out of a skid or how to report a road condition.

Too often drivers operate their vehicle with less care and attention than they should. That's when accidents happen. Did you know?

  • You are 2.5 times more likely to die in an accident if you aren't wearing your seat belt.
  • Almost 50% of fatal accident victims weren’t wearing their seat belt.
  • Only about half of teens wear their seat belts.
  • 78% of teens killed aren't wearing their seat belts.
  • In 2007, 43% of all Missouri fatal crashes involved speeding.
  • Between 2004 and 2008, 79 people were killed and 4,744 people were injured in Missouri work zones.

~Single largest factor in accidents is not paying attention~

Older drivers

In 2005, people 65 years of age and over accounted for nearly 15 percent of the licensed drivers in the state. Older drivers were involved in 15 percent of the fatal traffic crashes and 12 percent of the crashes involving a serious injury in the last three years.

Missouri will be working toward addressing older driver safety and mobility through a comprehensive older driver intervention program in the state. A core set of programs will be implemented or promoted in Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Columbia, and Cape Girardeau.

Young drivers

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people 15 to 20 years old. Some of the leading causes of these crashes are exceeding the speed limit or traveling too fast for road conditions, distractions, not utilizing appropriate lanes of traffic for turning, drinking and driving, and not using safety belts. On Aug. 28, 2009, the ban on teenage drivers texting while driving went into effect.

Impaired Driving

Impaired driving is one of America's deadliest crimes. Despite all the attention, resources, and public policies that have been directed toward removing the impaired driver from behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, alcohol contributed to one-fourth of the fatal traffic crashes in Missouri in 2007. A total of 243 people were killed in more than 7,780 alcohol-related traffic crashes in 2007.

Safety experts say three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic crash at some time in their lives.


Since 1997, 12,625 people have lost their lives and almost 800,000 have been injured on Missouri roadways. These numbers are almost equal to the combined populations of St. Louis, Jefferson City and Kansas City.

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