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Sun May 26, 2019, 04:57 PM

Missouri, Illinois Step Up Seat Belt Enforcement

Police departments in Missouri and Illinois are joining law enforcement across the nation over this Memorial Day weekend to crack down on drivers and passengers who don’t wear their seat belts.

More than 500 people have died on the roads in the two states combined this year, and in more than half of those crashes, the people who died were not wearing a seat belt. The annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which runs this year from May 20 until June 2, is intended to help bring that number down.

“No matter what type of vehicle you drive, wearing a seat belt is the best defense against impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers,” said Capt. Stephen Ferrier, the commander of Troop C of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “No matter how safe you drive, you can’t control other drivers.”

Missouri’s seat belt usage rate of 84% in 2017 lags behind the national average of nearly 90%, Ferrier said, and campaigns like Click It or Ticket are helpful in bringing that percentage up.


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