Jefferson City, MO –The summer months are the most fatal on Missouri roadways. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDoT) and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is urging motorists to buckle up, slow down, drive sober and never drive distracted.

In 2019, there were 291 Missouri roadway fatalities during the summer months. That is around three lives lost everyday during this time. Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Andy Bell said that nearly two thirds of fatal accidents in Missouri happened to people who were not wearing their seat belt.

Distracted driving is the major cause of accidents.

Jon Nelson is the executive chair to the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. Nelson said your mind might easily wander when you’re getting on the road for the first time in weeks.

“Make a conscious effort to arrive at your destination safely,”  Nelson said. “Do your part by paying attention, slowing down, and always wearing your seat belt.”

MoDoT said it’s also peak season for highway work zones. Information on all MoDOT work zones statewide is available on the department’s Traveler Information Map at