The Missouri Department of Transportation Highway Safety and Traffic Division is offering high school students the opportunity to attend a traffic safety leadership training conference in July.

The program is entitled TRACTION (Teens Taking Action to Prevent Traffic Crashes).

MoDOT says traffic crashes remain one of the leading causes of death and serious injury for Missouri teens, making it important for youth to help save lives.

TRACTION is described as a three-day training program for teams of 12 students and two advisors from each school. Students can learn about about the impacts of driver inattention, the use of alcohol and other drugs that can cause impaired driving, and encouraging everyone to buckle up.

The program can provide students and adult advisors with the motivation, information, skills, and support necessary to develop a plan of action that addresses unsafe driving habits through events and activities to be implemented within their school and communities.

As a result, MoDOT says the program has the potential to have positive effects not only on the participants themselves, but also in their schools and the wider community as well. Each school will complete an action plan to implement the following year.
The conference dates and locations for 2018 are:

Springfield – June 3-5 - University Plaza

Cape Girardeau – July 22-24 - Drury Plaza

Columbia – July 26-28 - Stoney Creek Inn

The registration fee is $100.00 per school team.

MoDOT says each team may attend one conference of their choice. Hotel rooms and meals are provided at no cost; however, each school is responsible for their own transportation.

For more information and to register, visit


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