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MO Highway Patrol Steps up Seat Belt Enforcement

Benjamin Goodger

Starting today and going through June 5th, Troop D Highway Patrol officers are conducting Click it or Ticket enforcement operations in Greene, Jasper and Lawrence Counties.

Click it or Ticket is a national campaign focusing on seat belt violations in an effort to increase seat belt use and awareness.

Last year, the Missouri usage rate for all vehicles was 80%, which is below the national average of 87%, according to the Highway Patrol.

During the campaign, the Patrol says it will continue its zero tolerance enforcement stance.  Captain Juan Villanueva reminds motorists that every driver and front seat occupant of a passenger vehicle and all occupants younger than 16 are required to use a seat belt or be in a child restraint seat.  Anyone under age 18 driving or riding in a truck must wear a seat belt.

Missouri has a secondary seat belt law, meaning motorists can’t be stopped simply for not using seat belts or child safety seats.  But they can be ticketed for seat belt violations if they’re pulled over for something else.