Seat belt enforcement campaign starts today

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Statewide event aims to get more teens to buckle up

The Cassville Police Department announced today it is joining with statewide law enforcement for an aggressive youth seat belt mobilization, starting today (Wednesday) and running through March 31, to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt law violators and to reduce highway fatalities.

According to a Cassville Police Department press release, only 70 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, and eight out of ten teen vehicle drivers and passengers killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

Under the Graduated Driver’s License law, teens are required to wear their seat belt, as it’s a primary offense, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing one.

“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seat belt enforcement,” said Dana Kammerlohr, Cassville chief of police. “We’ll be out there to remind you seat belts can — and do — save lives. 'Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.'”

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

For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

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