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(Jefferson City) – A recent survey of Missouri motorists show that more Missourian’s are getting the message, however, statewide seat belt usage remains stagnant at 79 percent for the general public and increased just one percent among teenagers from 66 to 67 percent. The nationwide average is 85 percent.

Law enforcement agencies statewide will be participating in a quarterly Occupant Protection Enforcement on November 25 to increase seat belt use and reduce highway fatalities. Law enforcement will take a zero tolerance approach in the enforcement of seat belt and child restraint laws during this campaign.

Other strategies used to increase Missouri seat belt use include using portable message boards to post messages about fatalities and seat belt citations; partnering with high schools and large employers to get them to adopt seat belt policies; assisting cities in passing a primary seat belt ordinance within their city limits; and providing incentives reinforce wearing a seat belt.

As of November 17, of the 668 fatalities in Missouri this year, 62 percent of those killed were unrestrained. For more information on highway safety, go to saveMOlives.com.

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