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McDonald County Sheriff's Office announced last week that it is joining with statewide law enforcement March 15-31 for an aggressive seat belt campaign with a focus on local drivers. Deputies aim to crack down on Missouri's seat belt law violators and reduce highway fatalities.

According to research conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, only 70 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Eight out of 10 teen vehicle drivers and passengers killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

Under the Graduated Driver's License law, teens are required to wear their seat belts and it's a primary offense not to, meaning a driver can be pulled over solely for not wearing a seat belt

Local motorists should be prepared for stepped-up seat belt enforcement," said Sheriff Michael Hall. "We'll be out there to remind you seat belts can -- and do -- save lives."

Hall said seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

Community on 03/08/2018

Print Headline: Aggressive Seat Belt Campaign March 15-31

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