For Immediate Release
Seatbelt Enforcement Day
Nearly one in four Missouri motorists fail to regularly wear their seatbelts in a motor vehicle. Only 77 percent of Missourians buckle up regularly, seven percent less than the national average of 84 percent.
The Springfield Police Department will be joining with law enforcement February 25th 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.
The City of Springfield has experienced two fatality crashes so far in 2010, resulting in four deaths. None of the victims were wearing seat belts. Officers will be out there to remind motorists that seat belts can – and do – save lives every day.
For information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com
Media Contact: Traffic Section Commander, phone: 864-1810; Release authorized by: A/Lt. Brian Phillips