Arrive Alive

A Box of Ideas: Safe Driving Practices

The following is a listing of ideas for encouraging safe driving practices like seat belt use, sober driving and child passenger safety.  If you have other ideas to include, send us an e-mail at trent.brooks@modot.mo.gov or rebecca.lenon@modot.mo.gov.

Idea #1: Encourage a little healthy competition among area high schools!

The It Only Takes One campaign is a competition between Missouri high schools to increase seat belt use among teens.  The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety sponsors the program. During the competition, teens participate in an observational safety belt survey conducted before and after an education blitz to determine the change in seat belt use among the teens.  Prizes are awarded to schools for having the highest seat belt usage among teens statewide and locally, as well as those most improved. 

Idea #2: Request Buckle Up and Arrive Alive parking lot stencils! 

Organize a painting party to encourage seat belt use!  The coalition will supply stencils for use at parking lot entrances and exits.  Schools and businesses will need to supply the paint, brushes and manpower.  Many schools have turned the stencil painting into an after school or student club activity to encourage their students to take ownership in spreading the word about seat belt use.  We encourage local businesses or organizations to use the stencils to encourage employees or customers to buckle up before they travel. 

Idea #3: Request a guest speaker!

We’d be happy to visit your school, business or organization to talk about safe driving habits.  Speakers usually come from local enforcement agencies, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Missouri Department of Transportation or other safety organizations including Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) or ThinkFirst.  We’ll tailor a presentation to meet your needs.  Some local schools have asked us to talk with students enrolled in their Driver’s Education programs.  Parents are often encouraged to attend. 

Idea #4: Invite Buckle Bear to your event!

Buckle Bear is our mascot for teaching young children and their parents about seat belt safety.  As children grow, how they sit in your car, truck or SUV should change.  Buckle Bear and his helpers will share this information.  Buckle Bear is available by request for safety fairs, parades, and other public events in the Central Region area. 

Idea #5: Place movie theater ads on the big screen!

We have ads that can be placed on the big screen in a movie theater.  Ad space can be purchased in local movie houses to run before the featured attraction.  Some schools are excited about the opportunity to learn of this option and several are exploring the possibility of finding a local sponsor to help fund the project.  Many want to tailor the ads to feature their own students.

Idea #6: Display a crashed truck as a visual reminder of the need to wear a seat belt!

We have two crashed trucks used to visually display the benefit of using a seat belt.  Both trucks were badly damaged in crashes.  The occupants of both trucks were belted and survived.  Get the message?  Those who view these trucks will.  The trucks are available for loan.  Schools contact us and ask to display one of the trucks during safety fairs and at other school functions like football games and before prom.  Businesses also request a truck to display during employee functions.

Idea #7: Purchase popular Arrive Alive T-Shirts!

Arrive Alive T-shirts can be ordered in a variety of colors.  These can be used as part of an educational effort in your school or business.  Order them online today from the savemolives Web site.

Idea #8: Be a leader!

Be a positive example to others by buckling up, driving sober and refraining from texting while behind the wheel.