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Gallatin young drivers buckle up!

Local law enforcement focusing on teen drivers

The Gallatin Police Department will be participating in a teen safety belt enforcement program March 1-16 to reduce injuries and deaths among teens on Missouri roads. The enforcement effort is an important part of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety’s Never Made It teen safety belt campaign.

Driver’s license checkpoints will be conducted in the state to ensure all drivers, including teen drivers operating on graduated drivers license, are operating within the restrictions of their license. Officers will check for proof of insurance and enforce provisions of the law that make safety belt usage a requirement of the intermediate license.

Consider these facts regarding Missouri’s young drivers:

Drivers under the age of 21 are a high risk age group in the state. They comprise only 10.5 percent of the licensed drivers, but are involved in 20 percent of the traffic crashes.

A total of 267 people were killed and 19,616 were injured in 2005 traffic crashes involving drivers under the age of 21.

Results of a recent survey among teen drivers in the state revealed a 56 percent safety belt usage rate. The overall statewide safety belt usage rate is 75 percent.

The new Never Made It teen safety belt marketing campaign uses realistic, chilling images coupled with a "Never Made It" message to convey the potential consequences of not buckling up and what teens will miss out on if they die in a traffic crash because of their failure to wear a seat belt.

Buckle Up and Be Safe!