THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT
The Columbia Police Department announced today they are joining with statewide law enforcement March 15-31 for an aggressive youth seat belt mobilization to crack down on Missouri's seat belt law violators and to reduce highway fatalities.
Grant money from the Missouri Department of Transportation-Traffic & Highway Safety Division is being used to pay for officers working overtime during this enforcement.
Only 66 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Eight out of ten teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.
Under the Graduated Driver's License (GDL) law, teens are required to wear their seat belt as it's a primary offense, meaing they can be pulled over solely for not wearing their seat belt. This a reminder that seat belts can and do save lives. Seat belt usage is the single most effective way to protect people an reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For information on Missouri seatlbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.