JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | The Missouri Department of Transportation's Buckle Up Phone Down safety initiative is being recognized nationally for its success in saving lives on Missouri highways, with other states joining the cause and adopting the safety program as their own.
The National Association of Development Organizations, also known as NADO, gave the Buckle Up Phone Down endeavor an Excellence in Regional Transportation Award on Wednesday, which recognizes noteworthy projects and practices that help meet regional needs through various program areas, including safety.
In addition, the Toward Zero Deaths consortium selected the Show Me State's BUPD program as a model case study in improving the state's safety culture and saving lives. The case study is available on the Toward Zero Deaths website — https://www.towardzerodeaths.org/traffic-safety-culture/.
Wisconsin, Nebraska and Kentucky – are now actively promoting the BUPD movement, while 11 states have expressed interest in taking up the cause and spreading the BUPD safety message. Unfortunately, traffic deaths on Missouri highways so far in 2020 are on the rise when compared to last year, MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna said.
To help continue the initiative's national momentum, MoDOT has created a BUPD Starter Kit that provides all the tools necessary for other entities interested in implementing the life-saving venture, including a video outlining the history of the program. The Starter Kit is available at https://www.modot.org/bupd-starterkit, and the video can be found online at https://youtu.be/JX0bL3cxhh8.
More information is available by calling Mo-DOT at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visiting www.modot.org.