Buckle up! Seat belt enforcement campaign starts today in St. Louis area
Police will be pulling over drivers in municipalities that have a primary safety belt ordinance, which means that police can stop vehicles with unbuckled drivers or passengers.
Scott Roach, a St. Louis County Police Officer, says the mobilization is a way of reminding motorists that it's a violation of the law to not wear a seat belt and drivers will be pulled over.
Roach also said that St. Louisans are still not wearing their seat belts. According to Roach:
- The National average in 2010 was 85 percent usage.
- In Missouri, the 2010 usage was 76 percent.
- St. Louis County, the average was 72 percent.
- And it's even worse for teenagers, - only 66 percent.
So, which municipalities are participating in the mobilization?