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Buckle Up to Avoid a Ticket and Arrive Alive
April 13, 2010
Nearly one in four Missouri motorists fail to regularly wear their seat belt in a motor vehicle. Only 77 percent of Missourians buckle up regularly, seven percent less than the national average of 84 percent.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp announced today they are joining with law enforcement April 15 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 weren’t wearing their seat belt. Seven out of ten Missourians killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled (2009 numbers are not finalized yet).
“Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren’t buckled up,” said [Sheriff Mike Sharp]. “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.