Boonville — The Boonville Police Department will join law enforcement officers across Missouri in two increased enforcement efforts during March.
The Boonville Police Department announced they are joining statewide law enforcement for an aggressive youth seat belt mobilization to crack down on Missouri’s seat belt law violators and to reduce highway fatalities. In addition, the BPD will also be cracking down on drunk drivers as well.
In a release from the BPD, only 66 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Eight out of ten teens 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 their seat belt.
“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seat belt enforcement,” Boonville Police Chief Bob Welliver said. “We’ll be out there to remind you seat belts can – and do – save lives.”
The BPD stated in the release that seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.
Between March 14-17 the BPD along with law enforcement officers will be cracking down on drunk driving.
“It’s never worth the risk to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers could lose their license, pay large fines, or worst of all, cause a tragic loss of life,” Welliver said. “The only safe driver is one that is completely sober.”
A BPD release stated that in 2012, 217 people were killed and 815 seriously injured in accidents that involved at least one impaired driver.
For information on Missouri seat belt usage or impaired driving visit www.savemolives.com.