The Bolivar Police Department is joining in a statewide law enforcement youth seat belt initiative Saturday, April 1, through Saturday, April 15. The high visibility youth seat belt mobilization is designed to help increase seat belt use among teens and reduce highway fatalities.
Only 71.8 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Six out of 10 teen vehicle drivers and passengers killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.
Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
Under the Graduated Driver’s License law, teens are required to wear their seat belts as it’s a primary offense, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing their seat belts.
“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seat belt enforcement,” Lieutenant Zach Palmer said. “We’ll be out there to remind you seat belts can — and do — save lives.”
Buckle up and arrive alive. For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit saveMOlives.com.