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Driving Safety

Most Missouri college students choose not to drink and drive.
In fact, over ¾ of MU students choose not to drive after consuming ANY alcohol!

Drinking slows reaction time, decreases awareness, and impairs judgement. Each day, 13 people ages 16-24 die in an alcohol related crash.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in over 22% of Missouri’s motor vehicle fatalities last year. Don’t drive drunk, and don’t let your friends drive drunk. Not only could they ruin or end their own life, but a drunk driver puts everyone else on the road at risk of death. A driver with a .10 blood alcohol content (BAC) has a 48 times higher risk of being involved in a crash than someone who has not been drinking. A driver with a .15 BAC is 280 times more likely to be involved in a crash.

88% of Mizzou students ALWAYS use their seatbelt!

Myths and Facts

Myth: I don’t need to wear my seatbelt on short trips or at low speeds!
Fact: Fatalities have been recorded as slow as 12 miles per hour on non-belted occupants. In fact, most crashes occur at speeds less than 40 miles per hour. In terms of the length of your trip, 75% of traffic accidents occur within 2/5 miles of your home!

Myth: It’s annoying when the driver tells their passengers to buckle up.
Fact: Most people willingly put on their safety belt when someone reminds them to do so. Step Up! and remind your friends to buckle up.

Inattentive Driving

texting and drving

Using your phone while behind the wheel leads to distracted and dangerous driving. Distracted driving is a contributing cause of 10% of fatal accidents and 30% of total accidents.

  1. At 55mph, when you take your eyes off the road for 3-4 seconds you have traveled the length of a football field!
  2. Texters are much more prone to drift out of their lane - Steering control is 91% poorer than that of attentive drivers.
  3. Step Up! and ask your friend to put their phone down while driving for your safety and theirs. You could even offer to send that text for them!



Free, confidential rides home Thursday-Saturday nights 10pm-3am. They’ll pick you up from anywhere in the Columbia city limits and take you HOME.
  2. (573) 442-9672 (the phone number is also on the back of your student ID)


Designated driver program that offers free soft drinks to designated drivers at participating bars and restaurants in Columbia. Just tell the waiter/bar tender, “I’m with cheers and I’m a designated driver,” to receive your free refreshments. For a complete list of establishments, visit:

BAC Calculator

Most MU students stay at a .05 BAC or below. Ckeck out our BAC estimator:
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