The Kansas City Missouri Police Department is joining other law enforcement agencies Thursday, Nov. 18, for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to crack down on safety belt violators to reduce fatalities in advance of the busy holiday travel season.
Only 76 percent of Missourians buckle up regularly, which is 8 percent below the national average. Seven out of 10 Missouri residents killed in traffic crashes aren’t wearing a safety belt. To date, 57 people in Kansas City have died in traffic crashes in 2010.
“Nearly every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they aren’t buckled up,” said Sgt. Grant Ruark of the Traffic Enforcement Unit. “Using seat belts and child restraint seats is always important, but we are really stressing the issue just before the Thanksgiving holiday when so many people will be on the road. We want everyone to ‘Arrive Alive’ so they can enjoy a great holiday. Buckle up because we’ll be watching.”
For information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.