Seat Belt Numbers Stagnant in Missouri

Seat Belt Numbers Stagnant in Missouri

MoDOT says more Missourians are wearing their seat belts but the state remains below the national average.
(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) MoDOT says more Missourians are wearing their seat belts but the state remains below the national average.

A recent survey of Missouri motorists found that 79 percent of the general public wear seat belts.

That number saw no change from a previous survey and is below the national average of 85 percent.

Teenage seat belt use saw just a one percent increase from 66 to 67 percent.

On Nov. 25 law enforcement across the state will participate in Occupant Protection Enforcement. The quarterly event is intended to increase seat belt use and reduce highway fatalities. Officers will take a zero tolerance approach in enforcing seat belt and child restraint laws.

As of Nov. 17, 62 percent of the 668 fatalities in Missouri this year were not wearing seat belts.
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