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PC Sheriff Dept to crack down on youth seat belt violators

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Pike County Sheriff’s Office announced today they are joining with statewide law enforcement March 15 through 31 for an aggressive youth seat belt mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt violators and to reduce highway fatalities.

Only 66 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.  Eight out of 10 teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

Under the Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) law teens are required to wear their seat belt as it’s a primary offense, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing their seat belt.

“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seat belt enforcement,” said Sheriff Stephen Korte. “We’ll be out there to remind you seat belts can and do save lives.”

Seatbelt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

Buckle up and Arrive Alive. For more information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit