MISSOURI (WGEM) -- Buckle up and put your phone down.
That's the message from MoDOT Friday as part of their annual Buckle up, Phone Down day on Friday.
MoDOT officials said it's all part of their campaign to get drivers across the state to commit to buckling up and putting their phone down while driving.
They said it's critical as they've seen an increase in accidents in recent years due to distracted driving. They said when you aren't buckled up, and you get into a crash, your chances of dying go up significantly.
"[That has] led to an increase in traffic fatalities across the state despite less traffic on the roads, so we're really pushing this this year because we want to get those fatalities back down and for people to make it home safe," said MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Untiedt.
He said 70 percent of deaths in car accidents across the state involve the victim not being buckled up.
Untiedt said you can go online to take the pledge and challenge your friends to as well by clicking here.