The Chillicothe Police Department is conducting “Operation Safe Teen” to enforce seat belt usage among drivers, especially teenagers. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Chillicothe Sergeant Scott Chubick.

Scott Chubick

Press Release from the Chillicothe Police Department:

Chillicothe, MO – The Chillicothe Police Department announced today they are joining with law enforcement March 15-31 for an aggressive “Operation Safe Teen” seat belt mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt law violators and to reduce highway fatalities.

Nearly one in four Missourians still fail to regularly wear their safety belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.  Teens are even less likely to wear their seat belt with only 66% regularly buckling up.  Eight out of ten teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

“Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren’t buckled up,” said Sergeant Chubick.  “We’ll be out there to remind you seat belts can – and do – save lives.”

Sergeant Chubick said regular safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.  For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.