Gov. Mike Parson has proclaimed Oct. 22 as Buckle Up Phone Down Day in Missouri in an effort to encourage Missourians to take two simple actions to save lives on the state’s highways – fasten their seat belts and put their phones down while driving. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and the Missouri Department of Transportation will celebrate Buckle Up Phone Down Day for the fifth consecutive year. This is in an effort to encourage safer driving habits.
The BUPD program has been steadily expanding across Missouri and into over a dozen other states since its inception in 2017. More than 14,000 individuals have accepted the BUPD challenge. Several other states are actively spreading the message along their highways.
Nicole Hood, MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer joins Show Me Today for a discussion about the efforts to save lives on Missouri roads.