Destination Safe

The “100 Deadliest Days” is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal teen crashes increase dramatically. Nationwide over 7,000 people died in teen-related crashes from 2010–2019 during this summer period.

In the Metro and across the country teens drivers have a higher rate of fatal crashes.

Destination Safe, Drive to Zero and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety encourage you to keep these tips in mind this summer and beyond.

Stop speeding before speeding stops you!

Think you’ll make up time by speeding? Think again. Aggressive driving plays a role in nearly half the deaths on the roadways in our area. Even just 5 miles over the speed limit could mean the difference between a near miss and a hit. Better to arrive alive and late than not at all. Slow down and back off.

Watch for walkers and bikers.

Pedestrian crashes are on the rise. On average in 2016, crashes killed a pedestrian every one and a half hours and injured one every seven minutes. Pay attention and watch for people who are walking or riding.

Buckle up for every trip, every time.

In 2017 seat belts saved 15 thousand lives…and could have saved 25 hundred more. Using your seatbelt cuts your risk of dying in a crash by 45 percent. No Excuses! Even if you’re just going down the road or it’s uncomfortable…buckle up for every trip, every time.

When you’re behind the wheel stay focused, put your phone down and just drive.