The Jefferson City Police Department participated with other Missouri law enforcement agencies in the statewide Child Passenger Safety Enforcement Campaign from Sept. 15-21, in an effort to encourage motorists to buckle up and save lives.
During the campaign, 207 traffic citations were issued in Jefferson City. The breakdown of the citations are: citations for DWI, 3; citations for speeding, 63; citations for adult seat belt violations, 21; citations for child restraints, 2; citations for driving while suspended or revoked, 11; citations for driving without a valid operator's license, 3; citations for uninsured motorists, 36; and citations for other hazardous moving violations, defective vehicle equipment and improper registration.
Missouri law requires all children younger than 8 to be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat unless they are 80 pounds or 4'9" tall.
Authorities say nearly one in four Missouri motorists do not wear seat belts despite evidence proving their benefits. Seven out of 10 Missourians killed in traffic crashes were unbuckled, officials said.
Funding for this effort was provided through a grant from MoDOT's Traffic and Highway Safety Division in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Missouri Safety Center.