Independence Police Department
223 N. Memorial Drive
Independence, MO 64050-3013
Accident Investigation Unit
Sgt Jason Petersen
For immediate release: May 4, 2015
Brake for Seat Belts
Independence, Missouri – Independence Police Department will be joining with state-wide law enforcement May 18 – 31 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt violations.
Six out of ten people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled. And even with all the advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri’s seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years and consistently below the national average. Missouri has a 79 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 87 percent. Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 67 and 63 percent. “Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren’t buckled up,” said Captain Garcia, Special Enforcement Unit Commander. “We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure motorists are buckling up.” Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.