Monett Police Department will be joining with statewide law enforcement officials from May 21 through June 3 for an aggressive "click it or ticket" mobilization to crack down on Missouri seat belt violations.
Seven out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are not buckled up. Despite advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri's seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years, and is consistently below the national average.
"Missouri has 79 percent seat belt use," said Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder. "That is well below the national average of 85 percent. Teens and pickup drivers are among the least likely to buckle up at 66 and 67 percent, respectively.
"Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they choose not to buckle up," Schweder said. "We are, and will be, encouraging all motorists to make a better choice and buckle up."
Seat belt use is the single most effective was to protect people and reduce the number of fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
The department will also be conducting a sobriety checkpoint between May 23 and June 2.
For more information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.