JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety’s “Make a Difference” art contest deadline is Feb. 27. The contest is open to Missouri students ages 14-19 to create a poster to support the importance of wearing a safety belt.The poster must have a strong call to action and encourage peers to buckle up. Among prizes awarded, contest winners will have their posters promoted in the March Teen Safety Belt statewide media campaign. To date, the coalition has received many great posters portraying safety belt usage in a variety of mediums.“Traffic crashes are the number one killer of teens,” said Highway Safety Director Bill Whitfield. “Only 70 percent of Missouri’s teens buckle up on a regular basis, compared to an overall usage of 90 percent nationwide,” he said.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.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 in passenger cars by 45 percent.For more information about the “Make a Difference” contest, visit Save MO Lives on Facebook, or log on to www.saveMOlives.com. Buckle Up and ARRIVE ALIVE.