Through a grant provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation, Destination Safe has resources that are being used in the region to help address high priority issues like aggressive driving, impaired driving, pedestrian safety and safety belts/occupant protection.
Law Enforcement Strategies
Destination Safe works with local law enforcement to implement strategies in the four high priority issues identified by the coalition. The goals of these enforcement strategies are to increase occupant protection and safety belt use, to reduce impaired driving, to reduce aggressive driving and to increase pedestrian safety..
SIDNE (Simulated Impaired DriviNg Experience)
SIDNE is available for use in the region and teaches the effects of impaired driving. The go-kart is designed for drivers to maneuver through an obstacle course while sober. It can be placed into impaired mode at any moment. Drivers are typically unable to control their vehicle and begin to take out cones throughout the course. A driver and a passenger can ride at the same time, and the vehicle requires drivers and passengers to be buckled up.
For more information about SIDNE or to request its program, contact Sgt. John Hotz with the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 816/622-0800.
Fatal Vision Goggles
Fatal Vision Goggles are available for community use. The new package has several levels of impairment and nighttime vision. These goggles can be used to show the effects of impaired driving by having program attendees walk a line or throw a ball. Other creative activities can be explored in a classroom setting or other educational moments.
Contact Sgt. John Hotz with the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 816/622-0800 for more information about Fatal Vision Goggles.
Child Passenger Safety Fitting Stations & Training
To improve the region’s safety belt use rates among children, Destination Safe is working with child passenger safety (CPS) to establish fitting stations in each county. A working group is identifying potential locations and needs. Training is being reimbursed in areas that need qualified technicians.
For more information, contact Kathy Zents with the Safety and Health Council of Western Missouri & Kansas at 816/842-5225.
Public Information & Education
Public awareness and education is a key to promoting key safety priorities in the region. Through assistance with Missouri Arrive Alive and Kansas Safe Not Sorry, safety messages are being coordinated on a metropolitan level in the Kansas City region. Billboards and public service announcements are running throughout the region promoting safe driving behaviors in each of the identified high priority safety areas.
Contact Steve Porter with the Missouri Department of Transportation at 816/622-6329.