A new statewide survey claims that 23% of Missouri motorists still choose not to buckle up. Last year, 498 people who were killed in Missouri accidents were not wearing their seat belt. Having only 77% of people who actually wear them regularly, Missouri comes in 7% under the national average. The same survey showed Southwest Missouri to be the lowest of the state. Only 66% of people use seat belts. These findings surprised Lee's Summit native, Don Hamblin.
"I've seen a lot more enforcement in Missouri," he claims, "than in a lot of other states."
The Missouri Department of Transportation along with local law enforcement kicked off a pilot project to bring even more awareness to motorists. Their focus will be on the more rural roads throughout the 10 counties in Southwest Missouri. These counties include: Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Lawrence, Barry, Greene, Christian, Taney, Stone and Webster. This project will go through October.