FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2021
SPD Steps Up Seat Belt Enforcement for Memorial Day Weekend
The Springfield Police Department’s Traffic Section is currently participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click it or Ticket campaign. The campaign began on May 24th and runs through Memorial Day weekend, concluding on June 6th.
During this time, officers are dedicating special attention to identifying and citing motorists who are found to not be wearing a seat belt. Children must also be properly restrained while inside a vehicle.
- In 2020, there were 989 motorists killed in Missouri traffic crashes. Four hundred thirty-three of those were unbelted and 47% of children killed in Missouri traffic crashes were unrestrained.
- In fatal crashes, almost 85 percent of vehicle occupants who were ejected from their vehicles were killed. In addition, less than one percent of crash victims who were buckled up were ejected from their vehicles, compared to 43 percent of those who were unbuckled.
- Motorists are 75 percent less likely to be killed in rollover crashes if they are buckled up.
- In 2016, 70% of drivers/passengers killed in nighttime crashes were unbelted.
Seatbelts save lives. Arrive alive.
Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey
Release authorized by Lt. Curt Ringgold