Missouri Buckle Up Phone Down Business Showdown Winners Announced

April 27, 2023 • Missouri Employers Mutual

Missouri businesses were recently invited to compete for cash prizes and help make our roadways safer in the inaugural Buckle Up Phone Down (BUPD) Business Showdown, sponsored by AAA Missouri and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, in collaboration with Missouri Employers Mutual, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and General Motors.

The program aimed to educate drivers on the dangers of cell phone use while driving and offer solutions for preventing distractions behind the wheel. Businesses asked employees to watch a distracted driving prevention video, submit an online BUPD pledge and adopt a cell phone use driving policy.

The showdown winners were announced at the Missouri State Capitol on Monday, April 24, 2023, as part of the AAA Missouri Distracted Driving Awareness Day, in conjunction with April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Congratulations to the following winners:

2023 BUPD Business Showdown Winners

1st Place and $7,500 – City of Sedalia | MEM Policyholder

“Initially, we only planned to show the video to our city drivers, but after watching it, we felt it necessary that everyone in the city participate.”
Shannon Ramey-Trull, Director of Human Resources, City of Sedalia

2nd Place and $6,000 – Central Missouri Electric Cooperative

3rd Place and $5,000 – Cottleville Fire Protection District | MEM Policyholder

BUPD Business Showdown Honorable Mentions

The BUPD Business Showdown reached 47 Missouri businesses/organizations and more than 1,200 participants. We commend our policyholder’s commitment to workplace safety. They made up 25% of the showdown participants, including:

Thank you to all participants for encouraging your employees to be responsible drivers and making Missouri roads safer for everyone!

April 27, 2023
Missouri Employers Mutual
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