Respect the Load. Share the Road

Missouri Department of Transportation announces new Statewide Campaign.

Respect the Load. Share the Road. That’s the message you’ll be seeing across Missouri August 2-22 in a statewide campaign urging drivers to drive safely around large trucks and buses. In turn, commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers will be reminded to obey traffic laws, use their seat belts, slow down and pay attention. 

“There were 130 people killed involving a CMV in 2020, with over 80% being drivers or passengers of other vehicles,” said Jon Nelson, MoDOT assistant to the state highway and traffic engineer. “Please don’t risk your life by driving aggressively around big trucks and buses.”

Commercial motor vehicles make up 20% of Missouri’s interstate traffic, carry goods from coast to coast and are a vital part of our nation’s economy. They also provide critical services many Missourians rely on every day. When crashes involving CMVs happen, the disproportionate size of the large truck versus a car means those crashes can often involve serious injuries, or worse. Research shows that in most of these crashes, drivers of passenger cars unnecessarily endanger themselves by not paying attention and driving aggressively around CMVs. That’s why it’s so important for all motorists to drive safely around CMVs. Respect the Load. Share the Road.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety offers the following tips for driving safely around CMVs.

  • Don’t cut off large trucks or buses. Make sure you can see both of the truck’s cab lights in your rearview mirror before moving back into your original lane.
  • Stay out of the “No Zone.” Large trucks and buses have large blind spots on either side and up to 200 feet behind a vehicle. Pass only on the left side.  Don’t linger in a blind spot.  Do not tailgate large trucks and buses.
  • Watch your following distance. Keep a safety cushion around large trucks.  Can you see the truck’s side mirrors? If not, the driver cannot see you.
  • Anticipate wide turns.  Large trucks and buses need extra turning room.
  • Be patient. Large trucks and buses accelerate slowly and may use speed limiters.

MoDOT continues to work toward a goal of zero roadway fatalities and urges all who travel in and around the Show-Me State this summer to buckle up, put the cellphone down, slow down and never drive while impaired. Whether driving through a work zone, sharing the road with motorcyclists or cruising around city streets with pedestrians in the area, slowing down and paying attention can help save lives.

For more information on commercial motor vehicle safety and Missouri’s new strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, and how everyone can participate, visit

Cars and Guitars in Adrian

The Adrian Optimist Club will host Cars and Guitars, a charity car cruise in and music in the park, on Saturday, August 21st at the Ferguson Arena in Adrian.

Car registration will begin at 3pm with a cost per car of ten dollars this includes a pass into the arena for music in the park. Awards for Longest distance, Best in Trucks, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, Hot Rod, Young Gun and Paint will be presented at 6:30pm.

Music in the Park will begin at 6pm and the cost is ten dollars per carload.  There will be a beer garden, Burger, Hot dogs, and Susie Qs for sell.

Adrian Optimist reminds you to bring your lawn chairs.

This fundraising event will support local school music departments.  For more information call 816-896-2775

Pioneer Day at Poplar Heights Farm is Sold Out

Poplar Heights Living History Farm is having a Pioneer Day on Wednesday August 11th from 9am to 11am for kids ages five to twelve years old.

Kids will make their own covered wagon, visit the log cabin for a craft, milk Nadine, play old times games, and do the laundry. Cost for this Pioneer Day for the kids is only three dollars each.

Poplar Heights Living History Farm is located at 5250 Northeast County Road 5004 in Butler.  You must register for the event by calling 660-200-5620