The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office announced today they are joining with statewide law enforcement March 15-31 for an aggressive youth seatbelt mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt law violators and to reduce highway fatalities. Only 70 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Eight out of ten teen vehicle drivers and passengers killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.
Under the Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) law, teens are required to wear their seatbelt as it’s a primary offense, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing their seatbelt. “Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seatbelt enforcement,” said Sgt. Weggemann . “We’ll be out there to remind you seat belts can – and do- save lives.”
Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For more on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.