The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department issued tickets to five motorists for not wearing seat belts during the "Click It or Ticket" campaign that took place on Feb. 24.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri participated in the statewide campaign in an effort to get more people to buckle up and save more lives.
During the enforcement campaign, deputies issued 10 citations that included five seat belt violations, one speeding ticket, one driving while intoxicated arrest, two arrests for suspended or revoked driver's licenses, one for uninsured motorist and 33 warnings for other traffic violations. One warrant arrest was also made during the enforcement effort.
Monett Police Department also participated in the enforcement effort and made 12 stops.
Nine tickets were issued and seven warnings were given. Two of the tickets were for drivers not wearing seat belts, two tickets were issued for driving with a suspended or revoked license, one for following too close and one for no insurance. The remainder of the tickets were for non-moving violations.
Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, nearly one in four Missouri motorists are still not making it click. Seven out of 10 Missourians killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.
"Seat belts are your best defense in a crash," said Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay. "We continue to encourage drivers to make the simple, smart choice to buckle up and arrive alive."
The Barry County Sheriff's Department also conducted a similar campaign.
For more information on seat belt use in Missouri and other ongoing campaigns, visit www.saveMOlives.com.