Mo. hopes for more seat belt use

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Mo. hopes for more seat belt use

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 02:43
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JEFFERSON CITY – With Missouri seatbelt use rising over the past three years, highway safety professionals seek continued progress.

The most recent highway safety survey, conducted in 2019, indicated 87.7% of drivers buckle up.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is joining with state and local law enforcement through May 31 for the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

“Safety belts decrease your risk of dying in a crash by 45%,” MoDOT Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood said. “Last year alone, 880 lives were lost in Missouri crashes – 64% of those required to be restrained were not at the time of the crash. If everyone buckled up, hundreds of lives would be saved.”