Oct 16, 2008    #099
Contact: Laura Pate Byerley

UMKC Participates in Drive Safe. Drive Smart. CampaignEvents include a Safe Driving/Smart Car course and seatbelt competition

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Police Department is hosting a Drive Safe. Drive Smart. event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 at the UMKC Quad. Participants can register to win prizes by completing a Safe Driving/Smart Car tricycle course. The event will feature free pizza, free T-shirts and other giveaways.

UMKC is also participating in a Campus Battle of the Belts competition against Missouri universities. On Sept. 8, the UMKC Police Department spent two hours recording how many people were wearing seatbelts when exiting UMKC’s Rockhill Parking Structure. On Oct. 20, the UMKC Police Department will return to the Rockhill Parking Structure to record seatbelt usage.

The UMKC Police Department is hoping to see a three to five percent increase in seatbelt usage, said Michele Taylor, crime prevention officer at UMKC.

"My hopes for the campaign are to reach as many students as possible with this life-saving information," Taylor said. "Hopefully by educating the students, they will practice safer driving habits and encourage others to do the same."

Along with 11 other publicly-funded universities, UMKC is a Partner in Prevention in the Drive Safe. Drive Smart. campaign. The mission of the Drive Safe. Drive Smart. campaign is to educate Missouri’s college students on the dangers of drowsy driving, inattentive driving, aggressive driving, speeding and drinking and driving. A grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Division funds the campaign.

For more information about the statewide Drive Safe. Drive Smart. campaign, visit .

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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