NE Coalition for Roadway Safety Annual Planning Meeting Scheduled

All invited to learn how to help reduce fatalities on Missouri roads

HANNIBAL, MO – “It’s not been a good couple of years for safe driving statistics, and in the northeast Missouri region, we are really struggling in the area of seat belt use,” said Marisa Ellison, facilitator for the NE Coalition for Roadway Safety. “Sadly, in 2021, 85% and so far this year 91% of those who were killed on our roads in northeast Missouri were not wearing a seat belt,” she explained.   The statewide percentage is 60%.  To try to address this challenge, among other safe driving topics, the NE Coalition will hold its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, May 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Missouri Department of Transportation District Office in Hannibal.  Lunch will be provided, so to RSVP, please email before Monday, May 23.

“We utilize Missouri’s Highway Safety Strategic Plan aptly named Show-Me Zero, and we focus on four key areas of safe driving including seat belts, speeding, impaired driving, and distracted driving,” Ellison explained.  The meeting will involve a quick recap of the last fiscal year and goals made from the northeast region plan, then we will jump right in to working on our plan for the next fiscal year,” she continued.  The executive committee of the Coalition will provide updates on specific areas, and anyone interested in helping to reduce fatalities on Missouri roads is encouraged to attend.

The NE Coalition provides reimbursement grants to agencies who implement plans or purchase equipment to support its mission of reducing fatalities and disabling injuries on Missouri roads. “We have several partners in law enforcement, emergency management services, schools and health care, among others, who work together to continue efforts to promote safe driving,” said Ellison. 

More information about the Coalition can be found at

Recent information from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) shared the concerning information about the rise in road fatalities.

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