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County sheriff’s office to participate in youth seat belt enforcement

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 9:14 am

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office announced they are joining with statewide law enforcement March 15-31 for an aggressive youth seat belt mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt law violators and to reduce highway fatalities.

Only 67 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Eight out of 10 teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

Under the Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) law, teens are required to wear their seat belt as it’s a primary offense, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing their seat belt.

“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seat belt enforcement,” said Sheriff Cottle. “We’ll be out there to remind you seat belts can – and do – save lives.”