The Troy Police Department participated in the national “Click It or Ticket” mobilization, which was conducted May 18 through May 31.

During the enforcement period, officers made several contacts with residents, and though the number of tickets written was not made available, saving lives in the area was the primary goal.

“Seat belts are your single-best defense in a crash,” Chief Jeff Taylor said. “Law enforcement will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to buckle up, and ‘Arrive Alive.’”

TPD officials said they have no formal enforcement plans for the Fourth of July weekend, but advise drivers play it safe, especially with the state reopening after COVID-19.

“As always, please don’t drink and drive, use drugs and get behind the wheel and buckle up,” Lt. Brian Walker said. “Just use common sense.”

Six out of 10 people killed traffic crashes in Missouri last year were unbuckled. The state’s seat belt use has shown significant improvement in the last three years, but the state remains just below the national average in usage.

Missouri has an 87.7% seat-belt usage rate, which is well below the national average of 90%. Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those in the state least likely to buckle up at 73.8% and 72.1%, respectively.

For more information on Missouri’s seat-belt usage rates, please visit www.saveMOlives.com.