Youth warned to buckle up
Next month, the Cassville Police Department will join with statewide law enforcement in conducting an aggressive youth seat belt mobilization to crack down on seat belt law violators and reduce highway fatalities. The aggressive effort is scheduled for March 15 through March 31.
"Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seat belt enforcement," said Chief Dana Kammerlohr. "We'll be out there to remind you seat belts can and do save lives."
According to a press release issued by the Cassville Police Department, only 66 percent of Missouri teens wear seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Of those teens killed in traffic crashes, eight out of 10 were not wearing seat belts.
Under Missouri's Graduated Driver's License (GDL) law, failure to wear a seat belt is a primary offense, which means that an driver can be pulled over solely for not wearing a seat belt.
Kammerlohr reminds all area residents that seat belt use is the most effective way to protect themselves and reduce the number of fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
For more information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.savemolives.com.