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Colonel Ronald K. Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, encourages motorists to adopt an attitude of “safety first” whenever they are behind the wheel. This year, traffic crash fatalities are currently two percent lower when compared to the same time period in 2013. Thus far in 2014, 62 percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt in vehicles requiring restraints. Every fatality is someone’s friend, sister, brother, parent, or child. The sudden loss of a family member forever alters the lives of those who loved them.

The chance of being in a traffic crash in your lifetime is virtually 100 percent. In Missouri, one person is killed in a traffic crash every 11.1 hours. A Missouri driver’s chance of being killed in a traffic crash if not wearing a seat belt is 42 times greater than that of a driver who is buckled up. Using the lap/shoulder belts cuts your chances of being killed or seriously injured in a crash 45-50 percent. For drivers involved in traffic crashes not killed or injured, 97.5 percent were wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash. Won’t you take three seconds and buckle up? You could save a life--including your own.

Of course, no matter how safely you drive, you can’t control other drivers. Thus, the Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves from all types of hazardous drivers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Click It 4 Life!

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