Troop F of the Missouri Highway Patrol will be continuing its zero tolerance policy of seatbelt violations in conjunction with the statewide efforts on Feb. 22. "Click it or Ticket" is an aggressive mobilization to get more motorists and occupants to buckle up.
"We are really trying to get the word out," Sgt. Paul Reinsch with Troop F said.
Reinsch added that more than 60 percent of fatalities in 2012 were caused by not wearing seat-belts.
"Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, nearly one in four Missouri motorists are still not making it click," a Highway Patrol press release stated.
Captain Kindle, commanding officer of Troop F out of Jefferson City, said, “We will strictly enforce the wearing of seat belts. This simple task of buckling up can — and will — save lives.” Troop F always finds seatbelt safety of importance, but plans to use Feb. 22 as a day of increased enforcement.
"We will use that day to get everyone out there that we can," Sgt. Reinsch said.
Reinsch could not confirm any specifics of the enforcement such as road blocks or spot checks.
Missouri Highway Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves from all types of hazardous drivers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint.