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March 11, 2014 12:40 PM
It's as Dangerous as Performing a Self-Appendectomy
Teen Seatbelt Campaign Reminds Teens of "Things That Could Kill You"

JEFFERSON CITY - After the long, cold Missouri winter most teens are anxious to shake off the cabin fever and enjoy some time outdoors. It could be a road trip for spring break, or just a drive into town to see some friends - but you can bet they'll be out on the roadways in record numbers very soon.

That's why the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants teens to think about how dangerous a car ride can be if they don't buckle up. An element of this year's teen seat belt campaign encourages teens to never do something as dangerous as performing a self- appendectomy or feeding a bear.  Most people would never put themselves at risk doing such things, but put themselves at risk every day when they ride in a vehicle and don't buckle up.

"'How to Live' is a new teen seatbelt campaign that relates something completely crazy and dangerous to not wearing a seatbelt," said Leanna Depue, chair of the executive committee of the coalition. "We are hoping teens will make the connection that being unbuckled is equally as dangerous."

Only 67 percent of Missouri's teens buckle up. To combat this low rate law enforcement will be out in full force March 15-31 to crack down on unbelted drivers and save lives.

"Teens are most likely to follow by parental example," said Depue. "Parents who buckle up on a regular basis have kids that make the same safe choice."

One in four Missouri traffic crashes involves a young driver. In the last three years, 239 teens have died in Missouri traffic crashes.  Seventy-seven percent of the teen occupants killed were not wearing their seat belts.

For more information visit saveMOlives.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter at Save MO Lives.  Buckle up and ARRIVE ALIVE.

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