Brake for seat belts

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

LawCo Sheriff's Office participate in enforcement campaign

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be joining with statewide law enforcement Monday, May 21 through Sunday, June 3, for an aggressive "Click It or Ticket" mobilization to crack down on seat belt violations by area motorists.

Six out of 10 people killed in 2017 Missouri traffic crashes were unbuckled.

"Even with all the advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri's seat belt use has shown modest improvement in the last six years and is still consistently below the national average," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.

Missouri has an 84 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 90 percent. Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 70 and 69 percent respectively.

"Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren't buckled up," DeLay said. "We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure motorist are buckling up."

Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

"Buckle up, and arrive alive," DeLay said.

For more information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com