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Macon police help to crack down on seat belt violations

Statistics show only 68 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. (MGN Online)

On Tuesday, the Macon Police Department announced that 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.

Statistics show only 68 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding on 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, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing their seat belt.

"Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seat belt enforcement," said Macon Police Chief Steve Olinger. "We'll be out there to remind you seat belts can - and do - save lives."

Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.

For information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com


(information provided by Macon Police Department)

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