Missouri seat belt usage rate still below national average

1 year 4 weeks 1 day ago Friday, May 19 2017 May 19, 2017 Friday, May 19, 2017 5:41:00 PM CDT May 19, 2017 in Continuous News
By: Evan Lachnit, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - When it comes to buckling up, Missouri is still well below the national average.

That is according to a press release from the Missouri Department of Transportation. 

Data shows seat belt usage has slowly gone up over the past 17 years, but still lags behind the rest of the country.

81 percent of Missourians wear seat belts, compared to 90 percent around the U.S.

"Last year we had 943 people killed on Missouri roadways and 64 percent of those people killed were unrestrained," Missouri State Highway Sargent Scott White said. 

White said that is an alarmingly large number. 

"We really try to raise that awareness in convincing people that it really comes down to a mindset," White said. "Too many times people have that thought process of it is not going to happen to me and we just want people to know it can happen." 

White said people have to remember physics are involved in every accident. 

"If you have a 125 pound person traveling down the highway at 65 miles an hour and that car comes to an abrupt stop, what they feel is 8,125 pounds of crash force on your body," White said. 

The press release also said a Missouri's child safety seat survey showed 33 percent of children were not buckled up when the driver of the car was not. But when the driver was wearing a seat belt, 98 percent of kids were buckled up, too.

State and local law enforcement is teaming up with the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety for the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign from May 22 through June 4, going right through the Memorial Day holiday weekend. 

"The 'Click it or Ticket' is not only enforcement but it is also awareness, it is really to raise that awareness of how important wearing the seat belt is," White said. "Also we want to stress to parents that when you don't wear your seat belt you are sending a message to your children that it is also ok not to wear it." 

White said he always emphasizes just how important the seat belt is. 

"Seat belts don't save every single person in every single crash and they don't prevent crashes, but they can certainly predict the outcome," White said.  

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – The attorney representing the security guard who shot Anthony Warren at a Waffle House on New Year's Day... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 3:12:00 PM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The 600 block of Monroe Street will be closed until Friday. Construction crews are removing a retaining... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 2:20:00 PM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - A death, a huge cache of weapons and a suspect whose gun jammed as he was aiming at... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 2:17:00 PM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson appointed state Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe to be the new lieutenant... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 1:15:00 PM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
BOONVILLE - Renovations may reach new heights on the Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport if the city council approves a proposal... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 12:42:00 PM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City public works crews will be repairing a road buckle on Providence Road between Blue Ridge Road and... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 11:39:00 AM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
BALLWIN (AP) — Another bear sighting has people concerned in part of Missouri, but this time, it's deep into... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 9:45:39 AM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY – The Katy Trail will see more bike traffic than usual this week with the 2018 Katy Trail... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, June 18 2018 Jun 18, 2018 Monday, June 18, 2018 7:33:00 AM CDT June 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia is under a heat advisory until Monday evening. The National Weather Service issued the advisory on... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, June 17 2018 Jun 17, 2018 Sunday, June 17, 2018 9:29:00 PM CDT June 17, 2018 in News
FULTON - Forty people with disabilities will learn how to ride a two-wheel bicycle at the iCan Bike camp this... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, June 17 2018 Jun 17, 2018 Sunday, June 17, 2018 9:18:00 PM CDT June 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri is the first and only state to define "meat" as exclusively animal product. The Missouri General... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 17 2018 Jun 17, 2018 Sunday, June 17, 2018 4:55:00 PM CDT June 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The city will discuss the results of the 2017 Community Survey at Monday's city council meeting. Used... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 17 2018 Jun 17, 2018 Sunday, June 17, 2018 4:06:00 PM CDT June 17, 2018 in News
ROCHEPORT - The Sunny Oaks Charity Horse Show brought about 20 riders out Sunday afternoon to compete for ribbons and... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 17 2018 Jun 17, 2018 Sunday, June 17, 2018 3:36:00 PM CDT June 17, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD - A Hickman High School graduate has surrounded herself with Kewpies. The dolls' trademark round eyes watch happily from... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 17 2018 Jun 17, 2018 Sunday, June 17, 2018 8:05:00 AM CDT June 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Hundreds of people impacted by cancer gathered together on a track Saturday in support of cancer fighters and... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 16 2018 Jun 16, 2018 Saturday, June 16, 2018 10:11:00 PM CDT June 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A podiatrist with the Jefferson City Medical Group is the first doctor in Missouri to use a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 16 2018 Jun 16, 2018 Saturday, June 16, 2018 6:42:00 PM CDT June 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - At "Shred Fest," a local skateboarding competition, keeping participants safe was a top concern. An organization provided free... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 16 2018 Jun 16, 2018 Saturday, June 16, 2018 6:18:00 PM CDT June 16, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) - President Donald Trump suggested Saturday that he is using his administration's separation of families at the... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 16 2018 Jun 16, 2018 Saturday, June 16, 2018 3:14:00 PM CDT June 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 88°
6pm 93°
7pm 92°
8pm 87°
9pm 85°