Boone County Drivers are Buckling Up

7 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Friday, September 24 2010 Sep 24, 2010 Friday, September 24, 2010 2:26:04 PM CDT September 24, 2010 in News
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COLUMBIA - According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Boone County drivers and passengers buckle up at a higher rate than other Missouri Drivers.

Boone County has had zero fatal accidents this year so far, and some of that may be related to the high number of drivers who wear their seatbelts.

The number of drivers in Boone County who strap up has increased by nearly two and half percent.

Across Missouri, only 76 percent of drivers buckle up compared to Boone County's 89%.


"I was surprised at the use rate being so high as eighty-nine percent. You know if someone were to ask me just based off an educated guess, I would've guessed around 80 percent...just a little bit above the state average. It's really impressive to see that 89 percent number coming through," said Sergeant Brian Leer.


Columbia resident Matt Armdt says a near tragic event with his family member gave him a wake up call.

"When I was in high school, my brother rolled his car and walked away with a bruise on his shoulder," said Armdt.

He's been wearing his seat belt ever since.


"Ideally, we'd like everybody to be buckled up because we've seen what happens when people can't stay inside the vehicle and they're ejected," said Leer.

Last year in the state of Missouri, there were more than 800 fatal crashes, five of which came from Boone County. Police say that more than 50% of them could have been avoided if the victims wore seat belts.


Unless we're at 100 percent, my personal belief is that it's too low, " said Sergeant Leer. 

Throughout Missouri, seat belt usage dropped by only one percent.

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