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"Click It or Ticket" Campaign Hits Springfield

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Springfield Police are participating in a new campaign to help save lives on the roads. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has kicked off its statewide "Click it or Ticket" campaign to make sure drivers are buckled up.

For the next two weeks, two extra officers will be working every day in accident-prone areas watching for drivers who are not wearing their seatbelts.

Drivers who aren't buckled-up could get a ticket.

Grant Story is the Public Information Officer for the Springfield Police Department.

He says this campaign is to make drivers think about the importance of wearing seatbelts.

"Anytime some dies or someone is seriously injured from not wearing a seatbelt that's one too many times. And so what we're trying to do is get each individual person to reconsider the decision that they're making, not only for themselves but also if they have any children or passengers in the vehicle," Story said.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says Missouri drivers have a worse record of buckling up than the national average.

The chances of a surviving fatal car crash are 40 times greater if you're wearing a seatbelt according to MODOT.

Story says taking time to buckle up is worth it in the end.

"It's very important for people to realize that just a few seconds can be the difference on down the road between them being paralyzed or just having a few bumps and scrapes or even worse being dead as opposed to just a few bumps and scrapes. Certainly, we believe it's worth a few seconds of time to go ahead and buckle up to make sure they and their families are safe," Story said.

The "Click it or Ticket" campaign starts today and will continue until June 1st.

For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.