JEFFERSON CITY – Longer days and warmer weather mean summer fun is almost here. As you gear up for a weekend excursion or maybe even a road trip with family and friends make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up for every trip.The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is joining with state and local law enforcement May 23 – June 5 in the national “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign to highlight the importance of buckling up. “Along with wearing a seat belt, we want to remind motorists to slow down, be courteous, and obey the laws of the road,” said Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent, Colonel Bret Johnson.“Sixty-two percent of Missouri fatalities since the first of this year have been unbuckled vehicle occupants,” said Highway Safety Director Bill Whitfield. “Missouri’s safety belt use remains consistently below the national average. Too many people are not getting the message. Plain and simple, safety belts save lives. It is your responsibility to buckle up, and to ensure that everyone in the vehicle with you has their safety belt on before you drive.”Drivers are the first level of prevention in traffic crashes. It’s important to give 100 percent focus to the task of driving. Wearing a safety belt is the most effective way to reduce injuries and fatalities in a crash. When worn correctly, safety belts can reduce the risk of death for front seat occupants of passenger cars by 45 percent.Wearing a safety belt is important for everyone, especially children. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 in the United States. Parents and guardians should pick a car seat based on the child’s age and size and make sure to refer to the specific manufacturer instructions for installation. To ensure safety, make sure kids use the car seat as long as they fit the car seat’s height and weight requirements. Infants should travel in rear-facing car seats until age 2 or until they grow out of the rear-facing car seat’s height and weight requirements. Children should travel riding in the back seat of the vehicle until age 13.To ensure your car seat and child are restrained correctly, please contact a Child Passenger Safety Technician in your area by calling 800-800-2358.For more information about Click It or Ticket, visit www.saveMOlives.com, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter at Save MO Lives.