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Law Enforcement Cracks Down on Teen Drivers

"Operation Safe Teen", a campaign sponsored by MoDOT, beefs up safety belt enforcement for teen drivers. KSMU's Christy Hendricks has the story.

Law enforcement agencies across the state will be cracking down on teen drivers who don't use their seatbelts.

"Operation Safe Teen", a campaign sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation, focuses on enforcing existing safety belt laws and educating teens to reduce injuries and deaths in traffic crashes by wearing their seatbelts.

Tempe Humphrey is an operation specialist with MoDOT's highway safety division.

She says nearly six-hundred young people died in traffic crashes in Missouri in the past three years.

Nearly eight out of every ten of those people were not wearing their seatbelt.

Humphrey says 56-percent of teen drivers currently wear their seatbelts.

She says at least 40 law enforcement agencies across the state are bumping up enforcement to participate in the campaign.

"Operation Safe Teen" will begin Monday, February 27th and end Friday, March 17th.