The Old Monroe Police Department will be joining with statewide law enforcement May 20-June 2 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt violations.
Six out of ten people killed in 2018 Missouri crashes were unbuckled.
Even with all the advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri’s seat belt use has shown modest improvement over the past six years and is still consistently below the national average.
Missouri has an 87 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 90 percent.
Teens and pick-up drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 73 and 71 percent.
“Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren’t buckled up,” said Old Monroe Police Chief Kimla Lowery. “We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure motorists are buckling up.”
Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.