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.
BUPD High School Showdown: Pledge for your School!
Pledge for your School! 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 random drawing. AAA Missouri reserves the right to review all contest entries/pledges.
BUPD High School Showdown Registration
Register your school to compete in the 2023 Buckle Up Phone Down High School Showdown! 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 random drawing. AAA Missouri reserves the right to review a...
Siddens Bening Hands Free Law Takes Effect
After two years in a row of more than 1,000 fatalities on Missouri’s roadways, Gov. Mike Parson signed the Siddens Bening Hands-Free Law, prohibiting all drivers from using a handheld electronic communication device while driving, effective Monday, Aug. 28. To learn more about the law and what it entails, follow the link below.
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.
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...
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).
Missouri Coalition For Roadway Safety News
JEFFERSON CITY –After two years in a row of more than 1,000 fatalities on Missouri’s roadways, Gov. Mike Parson signed the Siddens Bening Hands-Free Law, prohibiting all drivers from using a handheld electronic communication device while driving...
JEFFERSON CITY - With a record-breaking $1.8 billion for road and bridge work this year, Missouri motorists can expect to encounter a significant amount of work zones and ongoing maintenance operations during their travels this year. The Missouri...
2022 Missouri Crash Statistics
Not Wearing Seat Belt
2023 Missouri Crash Statistics
Not Wearing Seat Belt
Sharing the Road with Commercial Motor Vehicles
Large trucks and buses (known as commercial motor vehicles or CMVs) are disproportionately represented in traffic crashes. CMVs are roughly 5.2% of vehicles on the nation’s roadways but are involved in 21.2% of crashes nationwide. (Source: 2022 Pocket Guide to Large Trucks and Buses)
CMV drivers are certainly not faultless in crashes occurring on Missouri roadways, but the data consistently reflects that too many passenger vehicle drivers unnecessarily endanger themselves and those operating around them. Between 2018 – 2022, Missouri recorded 1,929 fatal and serious injury crashes involving at least one CMV and at least one passenger vehicle. Of the passenger vehicle drivers involved in those fatal and serious injury crashes, 52% had the sole contributing factor to the crashes. Of the CMV drivers involved in those fatal and serious injury crashes, 24% had the sole contributing factor to the crashes.
Because they are generally longer, taller, and heavier than a passenger vehicle, there are three key safety challenges that CMVs face while operating on the roadways: 1) huge blind spots (also known as No Zones) in front, behind, and on both sides of the CMV, 2) longer stopping distances, and 3) wider turning radiuses.
Walmart has been partnering with MoDOT for a number of years to raise awareness of sharing the road with CMVs. Their “Let’s Drive Change” wrapped trailer accompanies their professional driver(s) to provide audiences a better appreciation of the mere size of a CMV. They set up cones and/or flags in front of the CMV to demonstrate stopping distances and behind the CMV to demonstrate blind spots and following distances. They also park vehicles on either side of the CMV to further demonstrate blind spots. Audiences are invited to climb into the cab of the CMV and explore these strategically placed objects (and honk the horn if they are so inclined). These demonstrations reinforce classroom presentations regarding the three key safety challenges that CMVs face, as well as tips on how to drive safely around large trucks and buses. Audiences that have participated in these hands-on demonstrations have expressed a better understanding (and appreciation) of sharing the road with CMVs.
Organizations are encouraged to include CMV Awareness information in their efforts where possible and replicate these types of demonstrations with a local motor carrier company. If you provide the space, they will provide real-life experiences and safety tips! Contact Heather Luebbert with the MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Division at (573) 751-5419 or email@example.com for more information.