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Captain Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Troop D, Springfield, announces troopers will again team up with law enforcement agencies in other states in the "Get Your 'Clicks' On Route 66" seat belt crackdown on Friday, November 2, 2012.
The quarterly mobilization began in August 2010, with a handful of law enforcement agencies in Central Oklahoma, but now has expanded to include highway patrol, state police, and local law enforcement agencies in eight states along the famed Route 66 corridor.
The wearing of seat belts by drivers and passengers in vehicles is one of the best ways to prevent death and personal injury when involved in a traffic crash. In recent years, the state of Missouri has recognized the benefit seat belt usage has on reducing traffic crashes and injuries through the passage of infant restraint and adult seat belt laws.
The effectiveness of using seat belts becomes apparent when considering the following statistics. A driver in a 2011 Missouri traffic crash had a 1 in 30 chance of being killed if they were not wearing a seat belt. In those cases where a driver wore a seat belt, their chance of being killed was 1 in 1,424.
The "Get Your 'Clicks' On Route 66" mobilization is coordinated by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Ben Crockett. States taking part in the Friday crackdown include Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
The Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves from all types of hazardous drivers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Click It 4 Life!
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