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Lawrence County Sheriff's Office to Participate in Youth Seat Belt Enforcement


The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office announced today they are joining with statewide law enforcement April 1st - 15th for a high visibility youth seat belt mobilization to help increase seat belt use among teens and reduce highway fatalities.

Only 71.8 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.  Six out of ten teen vehicle drivers and passengers killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

Under the Graduated Driver's License (GDL) law, teens are required to wear their seat belt as it's a primary offense, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing heir seat belt.\

"Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seat belt enforcement," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "We'll be out there to remind you seat belts can - and do - save lives."

Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.  For more information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit