MISSOURI -- The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is waging a campaign to change the seat belt law in the state.
Currently, Missouri's seat belt law allows only for secondary enforcement. This means motorists must be pulled over for some other type of traffic violation before they can be cited for not wearing a seat belt.
MoDOT District Engineer Tom Stehn is asking the community, businesses and individuals to join the effort by becoming a primary safety belt partners.
"As a partner we would add the name of the person, company or organization to a supporters' list. A show of support is critical to this effort," Stehn said. He said the partner might be asked to contact elected officials or respond to legislative alerts when urgent action is needed in support of primary seat belt legislation.
Stehn said the legislation would save approximately 90 lives a year in the state and prevent more than 1,000 injuries.
He said at least $231 million a year in traffic crash related costs would be saved.
"This would also possible qualify Missouri to receive an additional $16 million in federal funds for transportation safety improvements, which could save more lives," Stehn said.
For more information or to become a primary safety belt partner call 573-636-8167.