The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are challenging drivers to buckle up and put their phones down.

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, is slated as “Buckle Up Phone Down Day”. The challenge is simple: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cell phone down. Turn it off if you have to.

“By buckling up and putting your phone down – even for one day – you will be doing your part to make Missouri’s roads safer,” said MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood. “Let’s save lives and turn this day into a week, a month, and eventually every trip, every time.”

Six out of 10 people killed in 2016 Missouri traffic crashes were unbuckled. Since 2014 there has been a 20% increase in crashes involving cell phones.