Drivers across the state are being urged to put down their phones and concentrate on the roadways. MoDot and the Highway Patrol are trying to spread awareness of the dangers of distracted driving through an initiative they call buckle up/phone down. Today is buckle up/phone down day across the state. You’re encouraged to accept the challenge and encourage your friends, classmates, co-workers, etc. to participate as well. The initiative also challenges businesses to adopt policies requiring seatbelt use and banning the use of cell phones in company vehicles. More information is available online at modot.org/buckleupphonedown.