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Missouri Highway Patrol enforces Click It or Ticket

If you don't click in your seatbelt as you drive this Memorial Day, you could automatically get a ticket. Missouri law enforcement officers will begin "Click it or Ticket" campaign May 21st. KSMU's Emily Nash reports.

The Missouri Highway Patrol and other Missouri law enforcement agencies are starting a zero tolerance policy for not wearing a seatbelt.

From May 21st to June 3rd a ticket will be issued if a driver is stopped for a violation and a passenger is not wearing a seatbelt or a child is not properly restrained.

Sergeant Dan Bracker works for the Missouri Highway Patrol and says only 75 percent of drivers in Missouri wear seatbelt, and that number is even lower for truck drivers.

Bracker says safety belts have proven to give people a better chance of surviving a serious car crash.

He tells drivers to set an example for children, and to fasten all seatbelts immediately after getting in their cars.

Bracker says he hopes law officers don't have to write a lot of tickets this summer for seatbelt violations.

Law officers will be enforcing "click it or ticket" throughout Christian and Greene County from May 21st to June 3rd.