OPERATION SAFE TEEN

OPERATION SAFE TEEN

Clark County
Sheriff’s office Encourages Teens to Buckle Up and Arrive Alive

Clark County – Nearly
one in four Missourians still fail to regularly wear safety belts when driving
or riding in a motor vehicle.  Teens are
even less likely to wear their seat belt with only 62% regularly buckling
up. 

Clark County
Sheriff’s Office announced today they are joining with law enforcement March
15-31 for an aggressive “Operation Safe Teen” safety belt mobilization to
crackdown on Missouri’s safety belt law violators and to reduce highway
fatalities.

Failure to regularly
wear a safety belt can be deadly. In 2007, a driver in a Missouri traffic crash
has a 1 in 32 chance of being killed if they were not wearing a seat belt.  In cases where the driver wore a seat belt,
their chance of being killed was 1 in 1,294.

Sheriff Gaudette said
that regular safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect people
and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

For information on
Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.