Seatbelt enforcement campaign begins

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies join statewide effort

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has announced it is joining with statewide law enforcement for an aggressive youth seat belt mobilization to crack down on Missouri's seat belt law violators and to reduce highway fatalities. The effort will run from Wednesday, March 15 through Friday, March 31.

"Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seat belt enforcement," said Sheriff Brad DeLay. "We'll be out there to remind you seat belts can and do save lives."

Statistics indicate only 70 percent of Missouri teens wear seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle and that eight out of 10 teen vehicle drivers and passengers killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

Under the Graduated Driver's License law, teens are required to wear their seat belt as it's a primary offense, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing their seat belt.

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