SE Highway Safety Award Winners Announced
Four highway safety statewide award winners and 14 regional award winners were given recognition at the 2014 Blueprint for Safer Roadways Conference held in St. Louis. The Southeast Coalition Region winners are:
- Southeast Regional Coalition Arrive Alive Award winner is Trooper Cameron Heath, Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP). In Trooper Heath's three years with the MSHP, he has distinguished himself as a traffic safety advocate. Heath presents education programs on seat belt use and distracted driving to local schools and businesses.
- Southeast Regional Coalition Show-Me Safety Award winner is Courtnie Glenn, Wright County Health Department. Glenn emphasizes safety to people of all ages with her optimistic and approachable demeanor. She turns subjects such as texting and driving or wearing your seat belt into motivational conversations.
State Farm Company Grants Program
The State Farm Company Grants Program offers grants in the areas of safety (auto safety, teen driver education, home safety, disaster preparedness & recovery) and education (teacher & school-system support, financial literacy, job training). Applications for 2015 funding are being accepted through Oct. 31. For details on eligibility and links to grant applications, please visit www.statefarm.com/about-us/community/education-programs/grants-scholarships/company-grants
October is Declared "Walk & Bike to School Month"
The state of Missouri has a new law this year designating October as “Walk & Bike to School Month” and the first Wednesday of October as “Walk & Bike to School Day.” The goal is to promote the benefits of walking and cycling to school while promoting safety. Schools across the state will hold Walk to School Day events. Last year, 45 schools participated in the Walk to School Day. Organizers hope to double participation each year as a result of the enactment of a new law supporting a Walk to School Day event statewide during the month of October each year. It is not too late for your community and your school to participate. Go to mobikefed.org/WTSD for more information.
The Battle Has Begun!
The 2014 Battle of the Belt Competition began Oct. 1. High schools across the state are competing by conducting observational safety belt surveys before and after performing an educational campaign at the school. There is also the opportunity to participate in a public service announcement competition. Winners are required to use the grant money to further traffic safety efforts in the schools or communities. For more information, please visit www.modot.org/Safety/BattleoftheBeltChallenge.htm.
SE Coalition meetings - West area
Wednesday, Oct. 15: 10-11:30 a.m.
MSHP Troop G Headquarters, Willow Springs
SE Coalition meetings - East area
Tuesday, Oct. 14: 1-2:30 p.m.
MoDOT SE District Office, Sikeston