Missouri law enforcement wants drivers to "Click it or Ticket"

Seatbelt usage in the state is currently below the national average.

In an effort to reduce highway fatalities, Missouri law enforcement agencies are mobilizing a "Click it or Ticket" campaign.

"Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren't buckled up," Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp said in a release. "We'll be out there to remind you [that] seat belts can - and do - save lives every day."

Last year, about 77 percent of drivers and front seat passengers wore safety belts in Missouri, according to data from the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. This compares to the 84 percent of motor vehicle occupants who wore safety belts nationwide. Sixty-one percent of teenagers in Missouri buckled up.

The coalition reported that 70 percent of Missourians killed in auto vehicle accidents in 2008 were not buckled in, while 97 percent of those who survived an accident uninjured were wearing a seat belt.

In addition to preventing injury, seatbelt use can lead to lower auto insurance premiums in many states. Thirty states currently have primary seatbelt laws that allow law enforcement officials to pull over drivers who are not wearing a seatbelt, according to the Insurance Information Institute.ADNFCR-2378-ID-19634667-ADNFCR

Posted: February 24, 2010

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