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University Police, in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), reminds individuals to wear seatbelts and refrain from using mobile devices while driving. Sign up for the “Buckle up, phone down” challenge to wear your seatbelt and put your phone down every time you drive. To accept the pledge, visit modot.org/BuckleUpPhoneDown. You can also upload a photo to show your support.
Wearing a seatbelt and not using a mobile device while driving are two simple actions that could save your life. According to MoDOT, 947 people were killed in Missouri traffic crashes in 2016, with 62 percent of victims not wearing seatbelts. The risk of being involved in a critical incident is 23 times higher when texting while driving.