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Roadway Fatalities for 2014
Period Ending September 14, 2014

County 2014 to Date Fatalities 2013 to Date Fatalities Change
Boone 13 5        +8
Callaway 4 1        +3
Camden 9 3        +6
Cole 5 6         -1
Cooper 5 3        +2
Crawford 2 2        n/c
Dent 3 3        n/c
Gasconade 2 1        +1
Howard 1 1        n/c
Laclede 8 4        +4
Maries 2 1        +1
Miller 5 9         -4
Moniteau 4 0        +4
Morgan 4 1        +3
Osage 2 0        +2
Phelps 3 3        n/c
Pulaski 2 7         -5
Washington 5 13         -8
TOTALS 79 63    +16 (+25%)

Final Roadway Fatalities for 2013
Period Ending December 31, 2013

County 2013 to Date Fatalities 2012 to Date Fatalities Change
Boone 10 19        -9
Callaway 3 5        -2
Camden 6 12        -6
Cole 7 5       +2
Cooper 4 1       +3
Crawford 2 8        -6
Dent 3 3       n/c
Gasconade 1 7        -6
Howard 2 2       n/c
Laclede 5 5       n/c
Maries 2 2       n/c
Miller 17 9       +8
Moniteau 2 3        -1
Morgan 1 3        -2
Osage 1 3        -2
Phelps 8 19        -11
Pulaski 9 7       +2
Washington 14 10       +4
TOTALS 97 123       -26 (-21%)

Two Schools Win Regional Battle of the Belt Challenge

JEFFERSON CITY – Students at Calvary Lutheran High School in Cole County and Cole County R-V High School in Eugene have answered the challenge, scoring two of the state’s perfect scores in the statewide Battle of the Belt competition. 

Battle of the Belt is an educational program where local high schools compete against each other to increase safety belt use and potentially save lives. The challenge involves an initial surprise safety belt check of students, followed by a peer-designed educational blitz and a final surprise safety belt check to determine if a change of behavior occurred. 

As regional winners, each school will receive $500. Bunceton High School in Cooper County also won central Missouri’s regional award for the Most Improved Percentage in safety belt use by the end of the program. 

In all, 47 schools from the Central Missouri region participated in the Battle of the Belt program, a record for the region.

“We are very proud of the students who stepped up and encouraged their peers to buckle up,” said Dianna Johnson, coordinator for the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety’s Central Region.   “Learning to buckle up as a young driver can begin a lifetime of safety belt usage, which is one of the best ways to reduce injuries in a motor vehicle crash.”


The Battle of the Belt program is jointly sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and American Family Insurance.  American Family and the Central Region Coalition  provided the prize money for the competition.


For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com or call 800-800-BELT.


 

Calvary Lutheran High School Presented With Award for Regional Battle of the Belt Challenge

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Students and staff at Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City were presented with a banner and plaque, recognizing their efforts to keep students safe in their vehicles. Calvary Lutheran was one of two schools in the mid-Missouri Region that had the highest seat belt use rate among students in the 2013 Battle of the Belt competition.

During the competition, teens participate in an impromptu observational safety belt survey conducted before and after an education blitz to encourage in seat belt use among teens.  In the mid-Missouri area, 100 percent of Calvary Lutheran High School students were using their seat belts during the second survey period. 

Calvary Lutheran tied for the highest percentage with Valley High School in Washington County. Valley will be recognized for their efforts during a ceremony at their school on April 15.

The Battle of the Belt is a competition among Missouri high schools to increase seat belt usage among teens.  The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and American Family Insurance sponsor the program.  For more information about the Battle of the Belt program or other traffic safety programs, log onto www.savemolives.com or call 1-888-275-6636.


Calvary Lutheran and Valley High Schools Win Regional Battle of the Belt Challenge

 JEFFERSON CITY – Students at Calvary Lutheran High School in Cole County and Valley High School in Washington County have answered the challenge, scoring two of the state’s four perfect scores in the statewide Battle of the Belt competition. 

Battle of the Belt is an educational program where local high schools compete against each other to increase safety belt use and potentially save lives. The challenge involves an initial surprise safety belt check of students, followed by a peer-designed educational blitz and a final surprise safety belt check to determine if a change of behavior occurred.  Of the 139 participating schools statewide, only four scored 100 percent seat belt use during the final check.

As regional winners, each school will receive $500.  Valley High School also won central Missouri’s regional award for the Most Improved Percentage in safety belt use by the end of the program.  In addition, Potosi High School in Washington County finished third statewide and will receive $200 for its student-produced public service announcement encouraging seat belt use.

In all, 48 schools from the Central Missouri region participated in the Battle of the Belt program, a record for the region.

“We are very proud of the high school students who took part in this program and encouraged their peers to buckle up,” said Dianna Johnson, coordinator for the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety’s Central Region.   “Buckling up is one of your best defenses when riding in a motor vehicle.”

The Battle of the Belt program is jointly sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and American Family Insurance.  American Family provided the prize money for the competition.

For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com or call 800-800-BELT.


 

Grants Available to Help Local Law Enforcement Reduce Traffic Fatalities

Click here for Grant Application Form

 JEFFERSON CITY – The Central Region Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is now accepting grant applications from area law enforcement agencies to fund activities and tools designed to reduce traffic fatalities.


Grants can be used to cover the cost of overtime for checkpoints, saturation patrols and law enforcement, as well as for equipment to help with enforcement, such as radar guns and intoximeters. Grant activities must be completed and reported by June 1.

To be considered for funding, applications must be submitted by Feb. 1. Funding decisions will be made by March 1.

For further details about the grants, contact Dianna Johnson at (573) 522-1061 or email at Dianna.Johnson@modot.mo.gov.


 

Final Roadway Fatalities for 2012
Period Ending December 31, 2012

County 2012 to Date Fatalities 2011 to Date Fatalities Change
Boone 18 10       +8
Callaway 4 10        -6
Camden 12 5       +7
Cole 5 7        -2
Cooper 1 3        -2
Crawford 8 8       n/c
Dent 3 3       n/c
Gasconade 7 7       n/c
Howard 2 1       +1
Laclede 4 8        -4
Maries 2 1       +1
Miller 9 13        -4
Moniteau 3 1       +2
Morgan 3 6        -3
Osage 3 3       n/c
Phelps 19 10       +9
Pulaski 7 13        -6
Washington 10 11        -1
TOTALS 120 120       n/c (n/c%)


NEWS

Record Number of Schools Participating in Regional Battle of the Belts Competition!!

JEFFERSON CITY - A record number of mid-Missouri schools are participating in the 2012 Battle of the Belt competition.  The 48 schools represent the highest number of participating schools of any of the seven Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety regions. 

"We are incredibly proud of the number of schools participating in this year's Battle of the Belt seat belt competition," said Mid-Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety Coordinator Dianna Johnson.  

The Battle of the Belt is a competition between Missouri high schools to increase seat belt use among teens.  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. 

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and American Family Insurance sponsor the program. 

According to a 2012 survey, only 66 percent of Missouri teens buckle up, compared with 79 percent of Missourians and well below the national average of 84 percent. In the past three years, 354 teens died in Missouri traffic crashes, 75 percent of whom were not buckled up.

For more information about the Battle of the Belt program or other traffic safety programs, log onto http://www.savemolives.com/ or call 1-888-275-6636.

Participating Schools:
Belle                 
Blair Oaks
Boonville
California                              
Calvary Lutheran (Jefferson City)    
Camdenton
Climax Springs                      
Columbia Area Career Center                       
Columbia-Hickman
Columbia-Rock Bridge         
Crocker                                              
Cuba                           
Dixon                                     
Eldon                                                 
Eugene                                               
Fatima    
Fayette                                                           
Fulton                                    
Glasgow                                 
Hallsville                                           
Harrisburg                             
Iberia                                      
Jefferson City                                    
Kingston                                
Laquey                                               
Lebanon                                             
Linn                                       
Macks Creek                          
Newburg                                            
Owensville                             
Pilot Grove                            
Potosi                                                 
Prairie Home             
Richland                                
Rolla                                                  
Russellville                            
Salem                                     
School of the Osage                          
South Callaway                     
So. Boone County (Ashland)
Steelville                                           
Stover                                    
St. Elizabeth                          
St. James                                            
Tipton                                    
Tuscumbia 
Valley                                                
Versailles


 

Parking Lot Stencils Encourage Motorists to Buckle Up!

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is reminding area school districts and businesses they can request parking lot stencils that encourage motorists to buckle up and Arrive Alive.

The reusable stencils are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Designs can be painted on concrete or asphalt surfaces in parking lots and driveways of schools and businesses.  Those requesting the stencils must provide their own paint and manpower.

Traffic fatalities in Missouri are up 13 percent for the year, and 63 percent of those killed in traffic crashes this year were not wearing their seat belts.

For more information about the stencils or other highway safety resources available to help educate students about safe driving practices, call 1-888-275-6636 or log onto www.savemolives.com

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Calvary Lutheran and Glasgow High Schools Win Regional Battle of the Belt Awards

 

Battle of the Belts 2012

Students at Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City and Glasgow High School have something to brag about.  Calvary Lutheran had the highest seat belt use rate among students in mid-Missouri in the 2012 Battle of the Belt competition.  Meanwhile, students at Glasgow High School reported the highest overall seat belt usage rate increase of 51 percent.

During the competition, teens participate in an impromptu observational safety belt survey conducted before and after an education blitz to encourage in seat belt use among teens.  In the mid-Missouri area, 100 percent of Calvary Lutheran High School students were using their seat belts during the second survey period.  That’s the highest reported use among the 38 mid-Missouri high schools that participated in the program.

The Battle of the Belt is a competition among Missouri high schools to increase seat belt usage among teens.  The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and American Family Insurance sponsor the program.  For more information about the Battle of the Belt program or other traffic safety programs, log onto www.savemolives.com or call 1-888-275-6636.

 

Traffic Fatalities Decline for Sixth Straight Year

JEFFERSON CITY - The last time annual traffic fatalities were as low as the preliminary numbers for 2011, drivers lucky enough to have a radio in the car could cruise while listening to the new recording of Some Enchanted Evening by Perry Como.

Though the count will not be considered final for a few months, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced that as of Jan.4, Missouri traffic crash fatalities totaled 773 in 2011. This is nearly six percent lower than the 821 fatalities experienced in 2010 and the lowest total since the late 1940s.

"Last year was the sixth consecutive year Missouri's crash fatality rate fell," said Leanna Depue, MoDOT's Highway Safety director. "We applaud Missouri drivers who pay attention, drive defensively and take care to travel safely. They share credit for this drop in fatalities with a number of hard-working law enforcement professionals and emergency services personnel, those who focus on highway and vehicle safety improvements and messengers who help people adopt safer behaviors. These dedicated folks help more people arrive alive."

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, a group of safety partners, challenged the state to work toward a goal of 850 or fewer roadway fatalities by 2012. That goal was met in 2010 and has since been surpassed. But Depue said the coalition would not rest and would continue to work toward zero fatalities in Missouri.

 

Roadway Fatalities for 2011
Year Ending December 31, 2011

County 2011 Fatalities 2010 Fatalities % Change
Boone 10 11 -9% (-1)
Callaway 9 12 -25% (-3)
Camden 5 6 -17% (-1)
Cole 7 11 -36% (-4)
Cooper 3 2 +50% (+1)
Crawford 9 6 +50% (+3)
Dent 3 5 -40% (-2)
Gasconade 7 1 +600% (+6)
Howard 1 3 -67% (-2)
Laclede 8 6 +33% (+2)
Maries 1 4 -75% (-3)
Miller 13 3 +333% (+10)
Moniteau 1 3 -67% (-2)
Morgan 6 5 +20% (+1)
Osage 3 4 -25% (-1)
Phelps 10 4 +150% (+6)
Pulaski 12 7 +71% (+5)
Washington 11 8 +38% (+3)
TOTALS 119 92 +29% (+27)

 


2010 Regional Battle of the Belt Winners Recognized
Safety Belt Campaign Aims to Save Lives

High school students from Central Missouri were recognized on March 29, 2011 for their efforts to improve seat belt safety at their schools. Eugene High School and St. Elizabeth High School were awarded top regional prizes in the 2010 Battle of the Belt, a contest sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and American Family Insurance.

The Battle of the Belt challenges schools to compete against one another to increase safety belt usage and save lives. Participating schools launch two surprise seat belt checks on school grounds to measure student seat belt use before and after an educational campaign. Schools can also enter a public service announcement competition to create a 30-second video spot aimed at encouraging peers to buckle up.

The competition is held during the fall and the results are revealed in the spring. More than 135 schools participated this year, including 30 in the central Missouri region.

Eugene High School won the central Missouri regional award for highest overall safety belt usage, achieving 96.1 percent seat belt use. St. Elizabeth High School was awarded the regional prize for most improved safety belt usage, increasing their seat belt rate by 41.6 percent. Both regional winners were recognized during ceremonies held at the schools in late March.

All schools in the competition are also recognized for reaching a certain percentage of seat belt use rates: Gold for a 99 percent rate, silver for at least 95 percent, and bronze for at least 91 percent. In Central Missouri, Eugene High School was recognized at the silver level, and St. Elizabeth High School and Fatima High School were recognized at the bronze level.

In the public service announcement competition, the Columbia Area Career Center’s video took third place out of the 43 submissions from across the state.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for young people. Only 66 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belt. Three out of four teens killed in traffic crashes were not buckled up.

For more information on the Battle of the Belt Challenge, visit www.modot.org/Safety/BattleoftheBeltChallenge.htm.

Eugene High School

Eugene High School was recognized on March 29, 2011 for having the highest percentage of seat belt usage (96 percent) for schools in the Central Region.


St. Elizabeth School

Students from St. Elizabeth High School were recognized on March 29, 2011 for improving their seat belt usage by 41.6 percent.


More Missourians ARRIVED ALIVE
in 2010
Missouri Meets 2012 Goal Two Years Early


More people arrived alive on Missouri roads in 2010, the fifth year in a row with a reduction in roadway fatalities. As of Jan. 25, 2011, the number of fatalities stands at 821 for 2010 - which means 436 lives were saved last year alone.

"These numbers show we're saving lives on Missouri highways, and that's a great thing," said Kevin Keith, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation. "That means more people we know and love are making it home safely."

Not since 1949 has Missouri seen so few people killed in highway crashes. Overall since 2005, 1,538 lives have been saved on Missouri roadways, a decrease of 35 percent. The coalition credits a combination of law enforcement, educational efforts, emergency medical services, engineering enhancements and public policy as the successful formula for saving lives.

Coalition News Conference, Jan. 25, 2011
View Photos from the News Conference Here (Flickr)



Capital City Hoops Showcase

Dec. 27-30, 2010

The Central Region Coalition for Roadway Safety sponsored the 2010 Arrive Alive Slam Dunk Contest and Three Point Shootout during the Capital City Hoops Showcase in Jefferson City, Mo.

Members of the coalition worked at the event, with various safety displays and activities available to all that attended.

Click on photos for larger image.

Buckle Bear at Hoops ShowcaseBuckle Bear high-fives the students as they prepare for the three-point shootout.

Buckle Bear with basketball playersBuckle Bear with the Jefferson City Jays.

3-Point Shootout WinnerBoone County Sheriff Officer Brian Lear congratulates the winner of the women's three-point shootout contest.

3-Point Shootout WinnerBoone County Sheriff Officer Brian Lear congratulates the winner of the men's three-point shootout contest.

Slam Dunk Buckle Bear

Buckle Bear ducks for cover as a slam dunk participant leaps over him.

Slam Dunk WinnerMs Wheelchair USA Phaedra Marriott-Olsen congratulates the winner of the Arrive Alive slam dunk contest.

 


Do you have a seat belt hero story to share? 

Tell us about it at comments@modot.mo.gov

 

The Day Started Off Just Like Any Other Day

Sixteen-year old Jessica of Osage County was involved in a roll-over crash in Oct. 2009. She credits her seat belt for saving her from serious injury or death. The following is Jessica's story in her own words...

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The day started off just like any other day. I was going to my aunt's house so I could put her kids on the bus. So I got out of bed, took a shower, and got ready. I was supposed to be there at 6:15 that morning, but I was running a little late and didn't leave my house until 6:06 a.m.

As I was driving Highway 63 I approached a big curve. I went over the center line and freaked out because I thought a car was going to come around the curve. So, I jerked the wheel back over. I went too far over the white line and into the gravel. I jerked the wheel trying to get out of it and overcorrected my vehicle. After that, it felt like a really weird dream. I went down a huge embankment. There was dirt and glass flying everywhere. The only thing I could do was scream; so I did the entire way down and as a result, I had dirt in my teeth and down my throat.

I kept asking myself if this was really happening to me. I seriously thought that my life was over. The car kept flipping over and over until I hit another tree and stopped. The air bag shot out of the steering wheel and jerked me back.

If it wouldn't have been for the seat belt, they would've been looking for me. I'm really lucky that I didn't get hurt or even killed. The only thing I got from it was burn on my chin from the air bag, and that only lasted about two weeks.

-- Jessica


Rollover Crash Simulator Promotes Seat Belt Safety

Click on the image below to view a video about the Central Region's new rollover crash simulator. The driver of this vehicle was a sixteen-year-old girl from Osage County. She credits her seat belt for saving her from serious injury or death. The crash simulator can be used in parades and at civic or school functions to promote seat belt safety in the Central Region area. (YouTube link.)

Rollover Simulator on YouTube

 


 

 

 

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