The Branson Police Department will increase seatbelt enforcement on April 11 as they join efforts with statewide law enforcement for a focused “Click it or Ticket” mobilization to get more motorists to buckle-up and to save more lives.
Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, 13% of Missouri motorists are still not making it “click.” Even worse, in the last 3 years, 63% of vehicle occupants who were killed in Missouri crashes were unrestrained.
“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket enforcement,” said Branson Police Chief Jeff Matthews. “Unfortunately, our observations and experiences have revealed that a larger than normal portion of our local motorists regularly choose not to fasten their seat belts.”
This was one of the leading factors in Branson’s Board of Alderman approving an ordinance that makes it a primary violation when occupants of a vehicle are not buckled up. This means that Branson police officers may stop motorists simply because they or an occupant are not wearing their seatbelts.
“Since we care about all of our residents and visitors, we will be out there to remind you seatbelts can – and do – save lives,” said Chief Matthews.
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For more information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.