March 13, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Police Promote "Operation Safe Teen"

In an effort to reduce fatality crashes and encourage young drivers to buckle up, the Springfield Police Department will join with area law enforcement March 15th – 31st for “Operation Safe Teen” – a high visibility safety belt enforcement and educational effort.

Nearly one in four Missourians still fail to regularly wear their safety belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Teens are even less likely to wear their safety belt with only 62% regularly buckling up.

Failure to regularly wear a safety belt can be deadly. Data retrieved from the Missouri Traffic Crash Reporting System, indicates that in the last three years, nearly 600 young people died in traffic crashes in Missouri. Of those who had access to a safety belt, an alarming 76% were not buckled up.

Regular safety belt use is the most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Operations such as this are part of an ongoing effort to make Springfield’s streets safer for all motorists.

For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit

Media Contact: Lt. Faye Barksdale (864-1723); 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
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