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May 06, 2009 12:00 AM
Buckle Up or Get Buckled Down
Click It or Ticket Day and Night

JEFFERSON CITY - As summer heats up, so does safety belt enforcement. Law enforcement officers will be cracking down on unbelted drivers May 18-31 for an aggressive national "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

This year the campaign will also be cracking down on child safety seat violations. When drivers are not buckled up, 30 percent of children were not restrained either. When the driver was buckled up, only 2 percent of the children weren't restrained.

"A zero-tolerance policy for non-compliance with the seat belt law will be observed by troopers throughout this operation, as it is throughout the year, to raise seat belt use awareness and compliance," said Colonel James F. Keathley, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  "Every time you get into a vehicle, you are at risk of being involved in a traffic crash. Give yourself and your loved ones a chance to survive, buckle up."

Seven out of 10 Missourians killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled. In 2008, 489 people killed in traffic crashes were not wearing a safety belt.

"You are gambling with your life each time you drive without a safety belt," said Leanna Depue, chair of the executive committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "Wearing a safety belt can save your life."

Wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to reduce injuries and fatalities in a crash because it provides protection from being ejected and keeps motorists from smashing into windshields, dashboards and other passengers.

"Wearing your seat belt costs you nothing and not wearing it can cost you everything," Depue said.

In 2007, a driver had a 1 in 32 chance of being killed if they were not wearing a safety belt; that chance dropped to 1 in 1,294 when they were wearing a safety belt. Yet, nearly one in four Missourians fail to regularly wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.

Overtime funding grants from Highway Safety Division of MoDOT allow law enforcement to increase its presence during special enforcement operations, such as Click It or Ticket.

Visit www.twitter.com/saveMOlives for information on weekly citations and unbuckled fatalities. For more information about Click It or Ticket, visit http://www.savemolives.com/
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