CPD to crack down on seat belt violations

Thursday, May 16, 2013

May 20 through June 2, the Cassville Police Department will join law enforcement from across the state in an effort to crack down on seat belt violations through an aggressive "Click it or Ticket" campaign.

"Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren't buckled up," said Cpl. Donald Privett. "We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure motorists are buckling up."

According to a press release issued by the Cassville Police Department, seven out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled. Even though seat belt use education has increased, motorists' seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years.

Missouri has 79 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 85 percent. Teens and pickup truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 66 percent and 63 percent respectively.

"Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes," said Privett.

For more information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

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