Missouri seat belt use remains behind national average

Friday, November 22, 2013 | 12:48 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri continues to lag behind the national average for seat belt use.

The Department of Transportation said seat belt use has remained stagnant at 79 percent compared to the nationwide average of 85 percent. Use among Missouri teens increased by a single percentage point to 67 percent from 66 percent.

Officials said 62 percent of the people in the more than 600 roadway deaths this year were not wearing a seat belt.

Missouri law officers will be participating Monday in a statewide enforcement effort focused on seat belts and child restraints.

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