The Monett Police Department participated in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization conducted from May 21 through June 3.
During the enforcement effort, officers issued a total of 78 traffic tickets and warnings including: 10 seat belt tickets, five speeding tickets, and 14 other traffic violations. Officers also passed out child safety seat literature during morning drop-off at Monett Elementary School, making contact with 225 vehicles.
"Seat belts are your single best defense in a crash," said Police Chief Tim Schweder. "Law enforcement will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to buckle up and Arrive Alive."
Seven out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled. Missouri's seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years. Missouri has 79 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 85 percent. Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 67 and 66 percent.
Schweder also announced that the Monett Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint during the month of June.
For more information on Missouri's seat belt use, visit www.saveMOlives.com.