February 23, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Occupant Protection Enforcement

Nearly one in four Missourians still fail to regularly wear their safety belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.

Among those least likely to buckle up: young males, pickup truck drivers and their passengers, people who live in rural areas, and nighttime drivers.

Members of the Springfield Police Department are joining with law enforcement February 25th for an aggressive "Click It or Ticket" mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s safety belt law violators in an attempt to reduce highway fatalities.

Failure to regularly wear a safety belt can be deadly. In 2007, a driver in a Missouri traffic crash had a 1 in 32 chance of being killed if they were not wearing a seat belt. In cases where the driver wore a seat belt, their chance of being killed was 1 in 1,294.

Regular safety 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 www.saveMOlives.com.

Media Contact: Watch Commander, phone: 864-1810; Release authorized by: Lt. Faye Barksdale

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
417-864-1810 • springfieldmo.gov/spd