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Annual Funds Available for Northwest Transportation Safety Programs

Schools, community groups, law enforcement, health departments and other groups can apply online for grant funding to improve safety on our Northwest Missouri roads. If your group has a regional transportation safety program planned, the Northwest Region Coalition for Roadway Safety can help. This is the fifth year grant funding will be available for interested applicants, to help reduce injuries and fatalities in Missouri’s Northwest 20 counties. Grant applications are available HERE! All grant applications must be submitted by the close of business on Friday, November 21, 2014.

To be eligible for grants, programs must address at least one of the Blueprint-identified emphasis areas including serious crash types, high-risk drivers and occupants, special vehicles, vulnerable roadway users and special roadway environments. The more widespread the impact of the program and the longer it lasts, the better chance it has to receive some of the limited funding. Read more about these emphasis areas in the Blueprint for Safer Roadways. If you have questions about the grant process, call 888 ASK MODOT (888-275-6636) or speak with your local Regional Planning Commission.

Battle of the Belt Going On Now

Thirty high schools across Northwest Missouri are participating in a statewide seat belt use competition to see who can increase their students' seat belt usage rate the most. The Battle of the Belt Challenge, a competition to raise seat belt use among teens and hopefully decrease traffic crash related injuries and fatalities. It's too late to sign up this year, but if you'd like to learn more and start planning for next year's competition click here.

Heatstroke Prevention

As they did last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with Safe Kids and the Administration for Children and Families, will be using social media to raise awareness about the dangers of children and hot cars.

Heatstroke Prevention Flyer

Coalition Works to Improve Young Drivers' Seat Belt Usage

Young drivers in Missouri just aren't buckling up like they should. Over the last three years, 254 teens were killed in Missouri traffic crashes, and 75 percent of them were not wearing seat belts. During a random survey performed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, several schools around the state were pinpointed having 50 percent or less teen seat belt usage rate in 2011. Many of the schools were in Northwest Missouri. More...

 

St. Joseph Teens Can Win a Free Car for Driving Safely

Licensed high school drivers in St. Joseph with a clean driving record for the entire school year (2014-2015) have a chance to win a free car, as well as other monthly prizes just for driving safely. The "I'm A Safe Driver" program kicks off its eight year in St. Joseph at area high schools this week during school registration. Learn More...  

 

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