Contact: Officer Scott Wilson, Traffic Unit
Officer Latisha Stroer, Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department
COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT
The Columbia Police Department is 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. Officers will be working overtime for this detail. The overtime will be paid for by a grant from the Missouri Department of Highway and Traffic Safety Division.
Only 67 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Eight out of ten 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.
Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle offenses. Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com