The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be joining with statewide law enforcement from May 21 through June 3 for an aggressive "Click It or Ticket" mobilization to crack down on Missouri's seat belt violations.
"Seven out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes involve drivers and passengers who are not buckled," said Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay. "Even with all the 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, which is well below the national average of 85 percent. Teens and pick-up truck divers are among those least likely to buckle up at 67 and 66 percent respectively.
"Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren't buckled up," said DeLay. "We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure motorists are buckling up."
Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.