Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety Urges Young Drivers to Wear a Seat Belt

Through the end of March, law enforcement will be monitoring the roads in Missouri to ensure everyone is wearing a seat belt. (Storyblocks image)

Wearing a seat belt could save your life.

That is the message the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants young drivers to understand.

Car crashes continue to be the number one cause for traffic fatalities, but wearing a seat belt can lower the risk of death.

Through the end of March, law enforcement will be monitoring the roads in Missouri to ensure everyone is wearing a seat belt.

According to Missouri Department of Transportation Assistant Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Jon Nelson, nationally, 91% of all drivers use a seat belt.

The average in Missouri is lower with only 86% wearing one.

It is only 75.5% when it comes to young adults.

Here are some things to keep in mind before hitting the road:

  • Under Missouri’s Graduated License Law, permit drivers and all passengers must wear seat belts.
  • 185 young adults were killed in traffic crashes between 2017 and 2019.
  • 72% of those were not buckled up.
  • Seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injuries by 45% and moderate-to-critical injuries by 50%.

By Matt Gunn | KTVO News

More info on how you can make a difference:

Missouri has a highway safety plan called “Show-Me Zero.”

Through a collaborative effort of diverse stakeholders, Show-Me Zero takes a multi-disciplined approach to achieving safer roads through education, public policy, enforcement, engineering and emergency response. The idea is simple:  no one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

How can you help? Visit the site and download the full Show-Me Zero plan to learn more about the actions everyone can take to make Missouri roads safer. Find the ways you can help and start making a difference. From there, invite others to do their part as well.

Together, we can continue moving Missouri toward zero deaths on our roadways.

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