State Numbers Reveal Many Don't Buckle Up

7 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Friday, August 27 2010 Aug 27, 2010 Friday, August 27, 2010 8:49:02 AM CDT August 27, 2010 in News

JEFFERSON CITY - According to a Missouri Safety Center survey, 24 percent of Missouri drivers aren't buckling up when they hit the road.

This number is below the national average of 84 percent.

This year's numbers are 1 percent lower from last year's 77 percent.

In 2009, 878 people were killed in Missouri traffic crashes and 67 percent of the vehicle occupants killed were not wearing a seat belt.

Earlier in the spring, law enforcement officers cracked down on drivers who were not wearing their seat belts.

The Missouri Safety Center surveyed more than 120,000 drivers and passengers in June.

Since 2004, the percentage of drivers wearing a seatbelt has fluctuated between 75 and 77 percent.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety's Executive Committee leaders say a primary safety belt law would be a way to significantly increase the overall percentage.

This year's campaign also focused on child safety seat violations.

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