The department plans to have extra traffic management officers on patrol during this period to crack down on Hazelwood’s seat belt violators and to help reduce roadway fatalities.
The City of Hazelwood is one of 22 jurisdictions statewide with a primary seat belt ordinance as of October 25, 2011. Hazelwood police officers will be stepping up their enforcement of this ordinance during the month of March with emphasis on increasing compliance among young drivers.
According to recent statistics issued by MoDOT’s Traffic and Highway 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 accidents are found with their seat belts unbuckled.
Under the Graduated Drivers’ License Law, teens are required to wear their seat belt and its 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 Chief of Police Carl Wolf, Hazelwood Police Department. “We’ll be out there to remind you that seat belts can — and do — save lives.”
Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities caused by motor vehicle crashes.
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com. For questions regarding the Hazelwood Police Department’s enforcement of the City’s primary seat belt ordinance, contact Sgt. Timothy Burger, Special Operations Group and Traffic Management Team Supervisor, at (314) 513-5228.