Youth Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign

Make the Difference!

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Make the Difference”, with :15 and :30 videos that feature teens making the difference to buckle up to show up. Wearing a safety belt gives you the best chance of surviving a crash. Law enforcement will be cracking down on unbelted drivers during this campaign March 15 – 31.

Under the Graduated Driver License Law, teens from age 15-18 are required to wear their safety belt and it’s a primary offense if they don’t, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing their safety belt. Based on the 2020 safety belt survey, teen use in Missouri is only 75.5 percent, much lower than state (86 percent) and national (91 percent) safety belt use.  Missouri  has four schools with a seat belt usage rate of 50% or less.

Stats & Facts
100 Percent
Of teen impaired drivers killed in 2019 were unbuckled.
526 Teens
Killed or seriously injured in crashes in 2019.
42 Percent
The amount a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury.
80 Percent
Of teen vehicle occupant fatalities were unbuckled in 2019.
Youth Seat Belt Use

Videos on YouTube


Give Yourself a Chance 2018

:15 (English) 

Give Yourself a Chance 2018

:15 (English) 

Give Yourself a Chance 2018

:30 (Spanish) 

Give Yourself a Chance 2018

:15 (Spanish) 

Give Yourself a Chance 2018

:15 (ASL) 

Give Yourself a Chance 2018

:15 (ASL) 

Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.

(English) 

Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.

(Spanish) 

 

Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.

(ASL)

Buckle Up. It's No Joke. 

:30 (English)

Buckle Up. It's No Joke. 

:15 (English)

 Things That Could Kill You

Self Appendectomy 

Things That Could Kill You

Feeding a Wild Black Bear 

L'Damian Washington and James Franklin

Remind You to Buckle Up 

Image
a young male wearing a seat belt

Note on Teen Seat Belt Use:

Seven out of 10 teens who died in crashes last year weren't buckled up.

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