The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recently joined other state highway safety and law enforcement offices in supporting Border to Border (B2B), a national seat belt awareness kickoff event to promote the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click It or Ticket program (Border to Border Seat Belt Initiative Kicks Off 2018 Click it or Ticket). The B2B event was held May 21, 2018, as part of Click It or Ticket week, which wrapped up at the end of Memorial Day weekend.
The goal of B2B is to encourage enforcement of seat belt laws and provide seat belt safety fact sheets for drivers near state lines. The B2B event featured a four-hour enforcement crackdown from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
“Past Border to Border initiatives have proved helpful toward our overall goal of spreading the message about the importance of buckling up,” said Missouri State Highway Patrol superintendent Colonel Sandra K. Karsten. “We are working across the state to do all we can to keep our drivers and passengers safe. Wearing a seat belt is the number one thing anyone can do to help prevent death or injury during a vehicle crash.”
During last year’s B2B promotion, law enforcement officers across the country handed out tickets for 5,695 seat belt and child car seat infractions and an additional 14,619 citations for other traffic violations. MoDOT encouraged participating Missouri law enforcement agencies to accept no excuses for seat belt violations during Click It or Ticket week.
“If one of your friends or a family member does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to change their habit,” Colonel Karsten said. “Help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member dies needlessly. Seat belts save lives, and everyone – front seat and back, child and adult – needs to remember to buckle up – every trip, every time.”
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