The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department will be joining other law enforcement agencies across the state March 15 through March 31 for an aggressive youth seat belt campaign. The effort is geared toward cracking down on Missouri's seat belt violators and to reduce highway fatalities.
"Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seat belt enforcement," said Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay. "We'll be out there to remind people that seat belts can -- and do -- save lives."
Only 67 percent of teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Eight out of 10 teens killed in traffic crashes are not buckled.
Under the graduated driver's license law, teens can be pulled over for the primary offense of not wearing a seat belt.
For more information on Missouri's seat belt laws, visit www.saveMOlives.com.