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JEFFERSON CITY - It only takes a few seconds to buckle up, but those few seconds could save your life in a traffic crash. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is joining with state and local law enforcement May 21-June 3 in the national "Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign to crack down on buckling up. Missourians will be reminded to buckle up through state and national advertisements. "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 awareness and compliance," said Colonel Ron Replogle, 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."In 2011 there were 784 people killed in traffic crashes on Missouri's roadways. Of the 613 vehicle drivers and passengers killed, 69% were not wearing seat belts."Many drivers take the attitude that ‘it will never happen to me,' especially teens, but fatal crashes happen every day to all types of people," said Leanna Depue, chair of the coalition's executive committee. "We want to make sure everyone is buckled up - day and night."Wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to reduce injuries and fatalities in a crash. When worn correctly, seat belts can reduce the risk of death for front seat occupants of passenger cars by 45 percent. Similarly, belt use reduces the risk of serious non-fatal injuries by 50 percent for front seat occupants. "Wearing your seat belt costs you nothing and not wearing it can cost you everything," Depue said.For more information about Click It or Ticket, visit http://www.savemolives.com/, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/saveMolives, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/saveMOlives.