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Leadership Conferences Offered to Missouri High Schools

The Missouri Department of Transportation Highway Safety and Traffic Division, along with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, is offering a great opportunity to all Missouri high schools. Students can attend a traffic safety leadership training conference in July called TRACTION - Teens taking action to prevent traffic crashes. Traffic crashes remain one of the leading causes of death and serious injury for Missouri teens, making it very important that our youth join the mission to help save lives. 

            TRACTION is a three-day training program for teams of 12 students and two advisors from each school. TRACTION is designed to empower youth to take an active role in decreasing unsafe driving habits like driver inattention, impaired driving, and encouraging all teens to buckle up.

                TRACTION seeks to accomplish this mission by providing youth and their adult advisors with the motivation, information, skills, and support necessary to develop a plan of action that addresses those unsafe driving habits through events and activities to be implemented within their school and communities. As a result, the program has the potential to have positive effects not only on the participants themselves, but also in their schools and the wider community as well. Each school will complete an action plan for their school and community to implement the following year. Generally, students from Student Council, SADD, TREND, FCCLA, or any other school leadership type program would be the perfect individuals for TRACTION.

            The 2018 Conference dates and locations are:

Springfield – June 3-5 - University Plaza

Cape Girardeau – July 22-24 - Drury Plaza

Columbia – July 26-28 - Stoney Creek Inn

The conference registration fee is $100.00 per school team to attend. Each team may attend one conference of choice. Hotel rooms and meals are provided at no cost; however, each school is responsible for their own transportation.

For more information, or to register your team, please visit our website at