Annual Funds Available for Northwest Transportation Safety Programs
Annual grant funds to improve safety on Northwest Missouri roads will soon be available for regional transportation safety programs from the Northwest Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. This is the sixth year the funds have been available for interested applicants as part of the Coalition’s effort to reduce injuries and fatalities on roadways in Missouri’s Northwest 20 counties.
"We’re working towards zero fatalities on Northwest Missouri roadways,” says Marcia Johnson, director of the coalition's Northwest Region. "We have some great agencies and organizations around our region working with us towards that very achievable goal and the grant program is a way to help them complete programs that may otherwise have to be shelved due to lack of funding.”
Organizations eligible to apply for these funds include schools, community groups, law enforcement, health departments, and others. Online grant applications are available here: 2015/2016 Northwest Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety Grant Application.
Completed applications will be accepted between Thursday, October 1, 2015 and the close of business on Monday, November 16, 2015, with award announcements in January. All awarded funds must be spent by June 15, 2016.
To be eligible for the grants, programs must address at least one of the Blueprint-identified emphasis areas including serious crash types, high-risk drivers and occupants, special vehicles, vulnerable roadway users, and special roadway environments. The more widespread the impact the program has, and the longer it lasts, the better chance it has to receive some of the limited funds. Further information on these emphasis areas is available in the Blueprint for Safer Roadways available for download at www.savemolives.com.
For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Transportation at 888-ASK MODOT (888-275-6636) or your local regional planning commission.
NEW High School Seat Belt Challenge
For several year, high schools across the state have participated in a six-week program to raise seatbelt use at their schools. But we know seatbelt use is not the only traffic safety issue high school students face. A new program is being introduced this year that has a broader scope, but still incorporates elements from our previous seat belt challenge contest.
It Only Takes One is the new program that will last through a good portion of the school year. The program still incorporates seat belt checks, but the education programs extend through the school year. Students will also be asked to address subjects such as distracted driving, impaired driving and other traffic safety issues. Prizes will be awarded based on the quality of the education program presented at your school. And like the previous program, there is also a Public Service Announcement competition.
If you'd like more information, please contact our It Only Takes One Liaison Lisa Kellison at 816-387-2492 or via email at Lisa.Kellison@modot.mo.gov.
St. Joseph Teens Can Win a Free Car for Driving Safely
Licensed high school drivers in St. Joseph with a clean driving record for the entire school year (2015-2016) have a chance to win a free car, as well as other monthly prizes just for driving safely. The "I'm A Safe Driver" program kicks off its eight year in St. Joseph at area high schools this week during school registration. Learn More...
I'M A SAFE DRIVER
Do you know a St. Joseph teen who's a safe driver? Would they like to win a free car? Check out our "I'm A Safe Driver" program and they just might!
IT ONLY TAKES ONE
This new program aims to reduce the number of motor-vehicle-related injuries and fatalities among Missouri high school students by addressing traffic safety issues students encounter behind the wheel. This new program extends from the previous six-week education period to a year-long program. Various supplies and resources are made available to participating schools.
Click here for more information about how to get involved!
Are you a local municipality looking for a low-cost engineering solution? The Northwest Region Coalition for Roadway Safety may be able to help! Our Engineer Subcommittee put together a list of ideas that may solve the problems you're encountering in your area. If you need assistance implementing the project, a grant may help. We'll be putting out a call for grant applications soon, so watch this site!
Arrive Alive T-Shirts
Promotional items are great reminders to Buckle Up and Arrive Alive! These items can be passed out at any occasion and are great for students and adults. You can order custom-colored Arrive Alive shirts starting at only $3.75 a t-shirt!
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive Stencils
These stencils are large with the message, “Buckle Up!” or "Arrive Alive" as shown below. The stencils are free to use from MoDOT.
* Note the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety only supplies the stencils. Participants are responsible for paint and brushes.
Buckle Up Road Signs
The Buckle Up signs are another way to remind motorists to Buckle Up as they begin their journey on the road. The signs can be ordered for FREE through Highway Safety.
The Rollover Simulator demonstrates a vehicle involved in a rollover accident. The simulator uses dummies to prove why safety belts are important in rollover crashes. Contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop in your area to request the simulator for your educational event. Learn More
Seat Belt Convincer
The convincer effectively demonstrates the importance of a safety belt when a person is involved in a crash. Contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop in your area to request the convincer for your educational event. Learn More
Go to the Highway Safety Division for product information on seatbelt safety, driving while intoxicated, bicycle safety and more.
Northwest Regional Coalition Committee Chairperson
3602 North Belt Highway
St. Joseph, MO 64506