Police to Crack Down on Seat Belt Violators

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March 15-31 effort will target teens

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Brentwood police will crack down on seatbelt violators March 15-31 as part of a statewide law enforcement initiative to get people to buckle up.

Brentwood Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald made the announcement in his blog, The Chief’s Desk, on March 7. He called it “an aggressive seat belt mobilization” to catch violators “and to reduce roadway fatalities.”

Via email he said “the focus of this effort is teens, but all [ages] will be included.” He explained that law requires all drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts. However, while those who are ages 15-18 can be pulled over and cited solely for not wearing a seatbelt, drivers over 18 “cannot be stopped for only the seat belt offense, it must be another offense first, and then they can be cited for seat belt violation.”

The fine for a seat belt violation in Brentwood is $10, according to the city’s website.

In his blog Fitzgerald wrote that only 68 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, and that eight out of 10 teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

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

To see Fitzgerald’s blog announcement, click here.

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