Operation Stop

the loss from Missouri teen driver crashes

Missouri Teen Driving Accident Prevention

Operation Stop
2008 Victim Names
2007 Victim Names
2006 Victim Names
Your Guardian Angel
In the Blink of an Eye
Pay Attention
Speed Kills
Stop Means Stop
Driving Tired
Sober Driving
Cellphone Use
Teen Obituaries
Video Memorials
To the Parents
Need a smile?
Drivers License
Tell A Friend
Missouri Statistics
About the Videos

Notice - This site is no longer actively updated. The site will be left online as a infomational site for Missouri teen drivers, and as a memorial to the victims who lost their lives during the three year period of 2006-2008. Please remember to drive like your life depends on it .... because it does.

Every year, approximately 250 people will lose their life in a Missouri traffic accident involving a teen driver, ranking it the 10th deadliest state in the United States. In 2005, teenage drivers, between the age of 16 to 20, made up approximately 7% of Missouri drivers, but were driving in nearly 28% of all traffic crashes involving injury, and 22% of all fatal crashes). AAA says a teen is killed or injured in a Missouri car accident every 43 minutes². (This web site uses the age of 20 and under to define a teen driver - MHP figures for 2005 )

This website was created to give Missouri teenagers a place to learn from the mistakes, or misfortunes of other teens. It is a place where you can remember friends that have been lost in car crashes, and a place where lost friends can reach out to you. As it grows, and more Missouri families and law enforcement agencies contribute, this site may shock you, or make you cry, but hopefully, it will get your attention.

This little waystation on the internet highway is called Operation Stop for Missouri teen drivers. The goal is to stop you from making that one mistake that could prove deadly. You have a long and wonderful life to look forward too. Some of you are dying to drive. We'd like to share with you on how to keep from driving to die!!

Teens, aged 15 to 20 years of age, make up nearly 9% of all Missouri drivers,
but are involved in
23% of fatal traffic crashes. (updated for 2006 - source)

While Missouri led the nation in 2006 in reducing the number of fatal crashes, the percentile of teen drivers increased, as did the percentage of fatal crashes involving a teen driver.

If you watch no other video's on this website, please watch "In the Blink of an Eye" and "Teen Drinking and Driving". California tells the story of three teens on their site - 16 year old Annie Vano, 19 year old Trevor Gilbert, and 17 year old Joel Davis. Watch these short video's about these three teens. You may not have known them personally, but you do know teens just like them. As with all films posted on this site, if you are a family member who has suffered a tragedy recently, these videos may be too difficult to watch. Family members are asked to read this explanation about the site.

Per mile driven, 16 to 19 year old teen drivers are 4X more likely to crash than older drivers . (CDC)

Mother of three, 36 year old Debra Moseley was on her way to work westbound on a rural Missouri road one Monday morning in March of 2005. Eastbound, on the same road, was 19 year old Richard Maberry. Suddenly blinded by the rising sun, Richard's car crossed the centerline and struck Debra nearly head-on. Both were killed. A few months later, Richard's first child was born.

The morning after leading her varsity basketball team to a one point victory, 17 year old Ava sports star Mandy Marlene Hampton died, when the car she was driving, left the road and struck a pole.
Amongst the hundreds that attended her funeral, sat the entire Seymour Tigers girls basketball team. It was this team, that Mandy's 15 points that night, had helped defeat.

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Missouri Statistics

On average....
A teen was killed in a traffic crash every 2 days.

Every 88 minutes a teen driver was involved in an injury crash.
Every 38.5 hours a teen driver was involved in a fatal crash

Last December, professor Peter Wooley wrote an article in the Washington Post, stating that the number of people killed in US car crashes is a "non-story every year, going back decades". He went on to claim these tragedies are "absent from the agenda of most public officials and largely ignored by the public." A few months later, Ted Koppel, on NPR radio, commented, "Apparently, 43,000 deaths a year is a price we are prepared to pay for the benefits that motorcycles, cars, trucks and buses provide." While both of these writers were making a point, the question begs to be asked. Have we, as a society, really grown so apathetic toward the fact that 120 of our fellow Americans will be killed in crashes on our roads every single day, or have we surrendered ourself to the inevitable fact that, according to the National Safety Council, each of us has a one in 84 chance of dying in an automobile crash during our lifetime? The answers are not easy, but we must address the problem? Has death by car crash become a new fact of life?

Unlike most teen safety driving sites, this site has nothing to sell, doesn't market any company or service, asks for no donations, nor accepts them.
 The only motivation for this site is to potentially save a young life from a senseless tragedy.

Operation Stop