The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office announced March 4th it is joining a statewide law enforcement effort for aggressive youth seat belt mobilization March 15-31.
The campaign will focus on cracking down on area seat belt violators and to reduce fatalities on our roadways.
Recent studies have shown that only 68 percent of Missouri teens buckle up when they’re behind the wheel or riding in a car. Conversely, 8 out of 10 teenagers killed in traffic crashes have been shown to be unbuckled.
“We know that our youth don’t always buckle up in the car,” Jackson County Sgt. Danny Barnes, of the Sheriff’s Office traffic unit. “We will be out there to remind our youth and everyone how vitally important it is to wear your seat belt.”
Under the Graduated Driver’s License law, teens are required to wear their seat belt. Not doing so is a primary offense, meaning they can be pulled over by law enforcement for failing to do so.
The Missouri Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety is providing overtime to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for this campaign. Officers may be stationed at area schools to help enforce the law during this time period.
“There is nothing more important to Jackson County than the safety of our youth and practicing safe driving on our roads,” Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp said. “We hope this enforcement campaign will help bring to light just how important it is for our teens – and all of us – to buckle up.”