Welcome to the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is a partnership of safety advocates throughout the state who have come together for a common purpose:  to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries on public roadways. Missouri’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Show-Me Zero, outlines the state's plan for achieving success by implementing strategies most effective at mitigating the behaviors and issues most commonly associated with fatal and serious injury crashes in Missouri. Zero fatalities is our goal. Anything else is simply unacceptable. 

Buckle Up Phone Down Business Showdown

The BUPD Business Showdown is the chance for your business to compete for cash prizes while taking steps to promote safe driving practices for your employees.  Register your business today!  Then adopt a safe driving policy (we provide a sample you can use in the Employer Toolkit below).  Then, get your employees engaged (see Step 2). 

BUPD High School Showdown

Winners will be determined by the schools with the most valid entries/pledges in each class.  Entries/pledges close at 11:59 p.m. CST, Dec. 31, 2022. Winners will be announced by AAA Missouri within 6 weeks of the contest deadline.  In the event of a tie of two or more schools, AAA Missouri will notify the schools and determine the winner through a...

Smart Riders

Each year, several children are injured or killed in Missouri car crashes. Educating children on the proper way to use a seat belt and booster seat as well as other road safety tips is necessary to keep our children safe. The Smart Riders program is a fun-filled program designed to teach these valuable lessons.

2022 Missouri Highway Safety & Traffic Conference Award Winners

Every two years, in conjunction with the Annual Highway Safety and Traffic Conference, the Missouri Department of Transportation recognizes individuals and organizations throughout the state for achievements in the field of roadway safety through its Highway Safety and Traffic Awards. Winners were announced at the conference luncheon, held on Septe...

Show-Me Zero Campaign

A safer Missouri is a better Missouri. This is the heart of Show-Me Zero, a strategic highway safety plan for eliminating fatalities and serious injuries on Missouri roadways. Through a collaborative effort of diverse stakeholders, Show-Me Zero takes a multi-disciplined approach to achieving safer roads through education, public policy, enforcement...

Missouri Coalition For Roadway Safety News

  • MoDOT, BUPD Selected for National Effort toward Safer Roads

    02/03/2023

    JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Transportation has partnered with the U.S. Department of Transportation on a new, comprehensive approach to reversing the rise in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on the nation’s highways, roads and...

  • Human Trafficking continues to plague Missouri travel corridors

    01/06/2023

    JEFFERSON CITY—January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, marking the anniversary of the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. The Missouri Department of Transportation has joined forces with the Missouri State...

2022 Missouri Crash Statistics
Fatalities
1,057
Not Wearing Seat Belt
60%
As of 12/31/2022 (Preliminary)
*Seat belt stat includes only occupants of vehicles with seat belts
2023 Missouri Crash Statistics
Fatalities
305
Not Wearing Seat Belt
60%
As of 5/21/2023
*Seat belt stat includes only occupants of vehicles with seat belts
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PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

Drug Evaluation and Classification Program
Program funded from MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Division


This program originated in the early 1970's by the Los Angeles Police Department. Back then, law enforcement officers reasonably suspected that the arrestees were under the influence of drugs but lacked the knowledge and skills to support their suspicions. In response, two LAPD sergeants collaborated with various medical doctors, research psychologists and other medical professionals to develop a simple, standardized procedure for recognizing drug influence and impairment. Their efforts culminated in the development of a multi-step protocol and the first Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program. The LAPD formally recognized the Drug Recognition Expert program in 1979. It was later renamed the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP). Missouri’s program is housed at the Missouri Safety Center. There are approximately 156 active Drug Recognition Experts in the State. Missouri has one to two DRE Schools a year that consist of two weeks of classroom work followed by one week of Field Certifications where students put what was taught in the two week school to practical use. Field Certification sites vary class to class, however Missouri has recently been working with Pennsylvania at a site in Philadelphia that has been proven to be a successful site. The class held in April recently came back from Philadelphia completing 128 evaluations in four days by 21 students. To put that in perspective, in Missouri 475 enforcement evaluations were conducted in all of 2022 and 154 have been completed so far for 2023. Officers interested in becoming a DRE should submit an application to the State Coordinator, Robert Paul. A Technical Advisory Panel reviews the applicants and selects the students for the class based on needs in an area or agency. If seats are still available after filling the program needs, then agencies can add more DREs. For more information about the DRE Program, contact Robert Paul at rlpaul@ucmo.edu.

 

Upcoming Events

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Missouri Highway Safety and Traffic Conference

September 25-27, 2023