Missouri drivers are still not buckling up like they should. That’s according to MODOT, which reports 64% of people who have died on state roads this year were not wearing their seat belts. A study done last year found 87% of drivers nationwide buckle up while only 79% of Missourians do so. MODOT Area Engineer Bob Lynch says the numbers are even worse when it comes to teen drivers.
MODOT says one way to possibly increase seatbelt usage would be to pass a primary seat belt law which would allow police to pull over and ticket unbelted drivers. Currently Missouri has a secondary law which allows police to ticket a driver for not wearing a seatbelt only if they were pulled over for something else such as speeding.