Students Reminded to Buckle Up During Teen Driver Safety Week

5 years 1 month 4 weeks ago Monday, October 15 2012 Oct 15, 2012 Monday, October 15, 2012 2:59:00 PM CDT October 15, 2012 in News
By: Julia Manning

JEFFERSON CITY — National Teen Driver Safety Week began Monday, and the Missouri Department of Transportation hopes to increase awareness for teens to avoid distractions and drive safely. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of fatalities among  16 to 20-year olds in the United States.

MoDOT officials estimated 66 percent of Missouri teens drive without using their seat belts. In 2011, there were 81 teens killed in Missouri traffic crashes. MoDOT officials said the week is a great way to bring awareness on the importance of adapting safe driving habits.

"Drawing attention to teens and helping them focus on driving is very significant," Trent Brooks, MoDOT traffic engineer said. "We're dealing with students who are learning to drive and as they're learning there are risky things they do that unfortunately can result in death for that age group."

Area schools districts coordinated events to help spread awareness to their students. South Callaway High School will have a crash car on campus all week, and guidance counselor Lindsey Even said they will also use posters and announcements to raise awareness. School of the Osage High School will also have a wrecked vehicle at its homecoming parade and football game Friday. Rock Bridge High School in Columbia will have State Farm Insurance representatives give safety presentations to sophomores on Wednesday. Rock Bridge and Hickman High School will also have crash cars on their campuses during the last week of October.

Many school districts are also working with local law enforcement to have unannounced seat belt checks as part of MoDOT's "Battle of the Belt" competition. More than 47 school districts are participating in the statewide program that aims to encourage seat belt usage among students. The school that shows the highest percentage of students wearing seat belts, and the most improved, will be eligible for cash prizes. The challenge started Oct. 1 and will end Nov. 9.

MoDOT urged teens to remember these tips to stay safe while driving:

  • Obey the laws of the road
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Buckle up

For more tips about information and safe driving visit savemolives.com

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kevin Roy scored twice and John Gibson made 29 saves as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the... More >>
27 minutes ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 10:20:39 PM CST December 14, 2017 in Sports
CAMDENTON - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources recommended an old manufacturer in Camdenton as a Superfund site. Money... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 8:30:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
VERSAILLES - Prosecutors filed charges against three employees of the Morgan County Jail on Monday, including a nurse accused of... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:50:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
FULTON - People who are preparing to travel for the holidays are automatically at risk for robberies, road issues, and... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:25:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The search for Missouri's next top education official has started. The State Board of Education... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:13:24 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
MOBERLY - Fire and law enforcement officers from three counties received radiological training Thursday at the Moberly Fire Department. ... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:09:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Here is the latest on a threat to Moberly Area Community College's Columbia campus: 6:55 p.m. ... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 5:00:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
UPDATE: Suspect Monquail Williams has been taken into custody in Boone County without incident. According to Corporal Andy Boggs... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:47:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia has new aid in fighting snowy roads this with the help of its new... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:04:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY – One Missouri farmer is righting his wrong following a pig waste leakage into a nearby creek. ... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:45:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Authorities are investigating a Wednesday night shooting which injured a 19-year-old Jefferson City resident, police said in... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:37:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Callaway County schools donated more than 9,200 toys to Toys for Tots Thursday. "We're excited," coordinator Melissa... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:20:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS (AP) - The Latest on the shooting of two St. Louis-area police officers saved by their bulletproof vests... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:17:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Thursday marked the five year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. In 2012, Adam Lanza opened fire... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 2:50:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police now have 75 kits with the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone, which is also known as Narcan.... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 2:39:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The former administrator of the Pettis County Ambulance District has admitted embezzling more than $227,000... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 2:15:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Democratic lawmakers are voicing their concerns after the Missouri Republican party presented a new tax plan for... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 2:12:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed a former St. Louis-area Husch Blackwell lawyer to the... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, December 14 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Thursday, December 14, 2017 2:11:00 PM CST December 14, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 29°
11pm 30°
12am 29°
1am 29°
2am 28°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:30p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
11:05p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
12:07a
Late Night with Seth Meyers
10:30p
Rules of Engagement
11:00p
Rules of Engagement
11:30p
The King of Queens

Tonight's Schedule

6:30p
Football Night in Indianapolis
7:20p
Thursday Night Football
7:00p
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld