Pick-up Drivers Not Buckling Up

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Monday, April 30 2007 Apr 30, 2007 Monday, April 30, 2007 5:37:31 PM CDT April 30, 2007 in News

"If I'm just driving around the hometown, if I'm going down to the store sometimes I won't put it on," pickup truck driver Darrel Black said. "But if I get out on the highway and go on a trip, I usually try to put it on."

The Coalition wants more pickup truck drivers to buckle up every time they get behind the wheel. In 2006, Missouri's truck drivers were the least likely to use a seat belt, with only 65.5 percent of drivers buckling up.

"Of all the pickup truck drivers who died in 2006, 85 percent of them were unbelted," said Laura Holloway, outreach specialist for the Missouri Department of Transportation. "That's a strong statisitic. It's important to think how it can save your life."

Local law enforcement will be looking for people who are not buckled up, with an emphasis on pickup truck drivers during May.

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