Impaired and distracted driving negatively affects drivers visually, manually, and cognitively. Unsafe driving practices also put the driver, passengers, other vehicles, and pedestrians in danger. Compiled here are resources to promote safe driving practices for students. For more information on safe driving in Missouri, visit drivesafedrivesmart.missouri.edu.
The risk of being involved in a critical crash is 23 times greater if the driver texts while driving.
For front seat passenger vehicle occupant, safety restraints can reduce the risk of fatal injuries by 45% . Although 90.1% of people wear safety belts, 27.5 million people still do not buckle up.
In 2015, over 391,000 people were injured by distracted driving.
In 2017, 3,160 lives were lost due to distracted driving.
Of Missouri students who drive a vehicle while attending classes at their university:
33% of Missouri college students who drive a vehicle while attending classes at their university report to sometimes drive while drowsy.
17% of Missouri college students who drive a vehicle while attending classes at their university report to drive 10 or more miles per hour over the speed limit most of the time.
In Missouri, 71% of aggressive driving involved fatalities involved speed.
*2017 MACHB data as certain questions are cycled in and out*
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As a driver or a passenger, remember the important steps to stay safe after the crash: