Nearly one in four Missourians still fail to regularly wear their safety belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Only 77 percent of Missourians buckle up regularly, seven percent less than the national average of 84 percent.
The Liberty Police Department announced today they are joining with law enforcement February 25 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s safety belt law violators and to reduce highway fatalities.
Failure to regularly wear a safety belt can be deadly. In 2008, 489 people killed in traffic crashes in Missouri weren’t wearing their seat belt. Seven out of 10 Missourians killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.
“Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren’t buckled up,” said Liberty Police Chief Craig Knouse. “We’ll be out there to remind you seat belts can – and do – save lives every day.”
For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.