by Janet Dabbs
The Laurie Police Department will join with statewide law enforcement Monday, May 21 through Sunday, June 3 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt violations.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, MSHP, six out of 10 people killed in 2017 Missouri traffic crashes were unbuckled.
Even with all the advancements in automobile safety and education about the importance of seat belt use, Missouri’s seat belt use has shown 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,” said Laurie Police Sergeant Mike Nienhuis. “We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure motorists are buckling up.”
According to the MSHP, seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Their advise is “Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.”
For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.