116 Tickets Issued During Hazelwood Police's Click It or Ticket Blitz
There were 53 people alone ticketed for not wearing seat belts.
From February 18 to 22, if a driver wasn't wearing a seatbelt, he or she had a very high chance of getting a ticket.
HPD ticketed 53 motorists for not wearing seat belts during the Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization, according to the City of Hazelwood.
Click It or TIcket is a nation effort that tries to increast the amount of peopel wearing seatbelts.
During the enforcement effort, officers issued more than 116 traffic citations including: 3 child restraint seat tickets; 31 speeding tickets; 29 other moving traffic violations, numeraous non-moving violation tickets and the aforementioned 53 seat belt tickets.
"A seat belt is the best protection for a driver and all other vehicle occupants in a crash," Gregg Hall, Hazelwood chief of police said in a statement. "We will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to buckle up and Arrive Alive."
In May 2011, the City of Hazelwood became one of the 22 jurisdictions statewide at the time, to pass a primary seat belt ordinance. The passing of the ordinance changed the city's secondary seat belt violation law to a primary violation law. This means that Hazelwood Police officers can ticket drivers for not wearing seat belts without having pulled them over for a separate offense first.
Currently, Missouri is a secondary seat belt law state, which means a law enforcement officer can only ticket a car passenger for not wearing a seat belt if the officer has the car pulled over for a separate offense and notices the seat belt violation.