cape-hwy-patrol2021 Conference Dates

This year’s Cape Girardeau conference is scheduled for July 18-20, 2021. Students will arrive on Sunday afternoon and leave Tuesday evening around 4p.m.

This year’s Columbia conference is scheduled for July 22-24, 2021. Students will arrive on Thursday afternoon and leave Saturday evening around 4p.m.

Each conference offers the same programming and overall experience. Teams should choose a conference best suited to their location.

In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we will take proactive steps to maintain a safe environment in order to protect the health of all participants.

  • All TRACTION staff and participants must wear a mask.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the conference area.
  • Social distancing measures will be taken and encouraged during all conference activities.
  • Schools will ONLY room with students from their school.
  • Only 10 schools, consisting of up to 8 team members each, will be allowed to attend each conference to accommodate for social distancing.

“This was an excellent opportunity for our team. The kids loved it and we are prepared to act.” -Team Advisor

Costs & Registration Information

The registration fee is $125 per team. A team consists of up to 8 student members and two adult advisors. Registration is limited to the first ten teams.

Lodging, meals and conference materials are provided through the support of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) Highway Safety and Traffic Division, Cape Girardeau Safe Communities and the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Teams are responsible for their own transportation expenses.

Teams of students and advisors will be selected by school administration and faculty from participating schools throughout Missouri. Applications must be endorsed by the school administrator and the student’s partent(s) or guardian.

“I had a great time. I’m really inspired to go back and make a difference. This is a great thing!” -Student Participant

Conference Schedule

The schedule includes general sessions, workshops, school team meetings, fun activities and entertainment.  The conference is designed to be high-energy and provides activities for participants from early morning until late evening.

Most highly rated activites of the conference include:

  • Victim Impact Testimonials
  • Drowsy Driving Workshop
  • Take Charge! Leadership Training Workshop
  • Life-size Whale Building Session
  • TRACTION Olympics
  • Booster to Belts Peer to Peer Training
  • Docudrama Workshop

Click here to register!


Contact Information

Ashley Koehler
TRACTION Program Coordinator
Phone: 573-339-6365

Rachel Penny
TRACTION Program Coordinator
Phone: 573-339-6365

Kacey Wilson
State Youth Coordinator
MoDOT – Highway Safety & Traffic
Phone: 573-751-5413