The Hazelwood Police Department (HPD) will be joining other law enforcement agencies across the state for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization campaign between May 19 and June 1. The purpose is to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt violators.
Six out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic accidents are unbuckled. And, even with all the advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri’s seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years and consistently below the national average.
Missouri has an 80% seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 86%. Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 67% and 63% respectively.
“Seat belts are your single best defense in a crash,” said Chief of Police Gregg Hall, Hazelwood Police Department. “Everyday someone gets thrown from a vehicle and dies upon impact because they weren’t buckled up. Our police officers will be on the lookout for seat belt violators in order to prevent lives from being needlessly lost if a traffic accident occurs.”
The City of Hazelwood, as well as St. Louis County, has a primary seat belt ordinance that requires all drivers and passengers in the front seat to wear a selt belt. If a police officer sees an individual driving without a seat belt, he/she can pull over the driver and issue a ticket. Plus, if a driver is pulled over for another traffic violation and is found not using a seat belt, the police officer can issue a second ticket for that offense.
In addition, all children, ages 16 and under, are required to be secured with a passenger restraint device such as a car seat, booster selt, or seat belt. Hazelwood firefighter/paramedics at Fire Station #1 are available to assist motorists in making sure their seat belts are installed properly inside the vehicle. This FREE service is for Hazelwood residents only. Residents should contact the Hazelwood Fire Department at (314) 731-3424 ahead of time to make an appointment.
The HPD wants everyone to buckle up and arrive alive to their destination. For more information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMO lives.