ST. LOUIS ( -- Friday was declared “Buckle up, phone down” Day by Governor Mike Parson, in an effort to bring awareness to dangerous driving habits on Missouri’s roads.

According to Parson, six out of 10 people killed on Missouri roads in 2017 were not wearing seat belts.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people between 15 and 20 years old with distracted driving being the primary cause.

New research from Triple-A shows just how dangerous it can be on the roads with any distraction.

According to the organization’s study, the risk of death in a crash for teenage drivers rises to 51 percent when only teenagers are in the vehicle. When someone age 35 and over is in the car with the teenage driver, the risk decreases by eight percent.

Friday Parson pushed Missourians to join the nearly 5,000 people and 400 companies that have pledged to take the "Buckle Up, Phone Down" challenge.

Parson said he would consider any legislation regarding an overall texting and driving law.

“Whatever the legislation side says. We'll look at it. If we want to change that or expand that age limit we'll take a look at that,” he said.

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