The Steelville Police Department will be joining with statewide law enforcement between May 21 and June 3 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt violations.
Six out of 10 people killed in 2017 Missouri traffic crashes were unbuckled. And even with all the advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri’s seat belt use has shown only modest improvement in the last six years and is still consistently below the national average.
Missouri has an 84 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 90 percent. Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 70 and 69 percent.
“Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren’t buckled up and it only takes a few seconds to buckle up,” said Steelville Police Chief Mike Sherman. “We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure motorist are buckling up.”
Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com
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