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Seatbelt use decrease in Missouri

Date: September 21, 2006
By: Beverly Rivera
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The state's department of transportation says Missourians are buckling up less this year when they are on the road.

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According to the transportation department, 75 percent of Missourians are using seat belts compared to 77 percent last year.

Jeff Briggs, a spokesman for the department says he's concerned.

 

Actuality:  SBELT3.WAV
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Description: Briggs says emergency personnel "have never had to unbuckle a dead body from a safety belt."



Statistics from the report show that using a seatbelt in conjunction with working airbags can reduce the risk of death by 63 percent in a car accident.  

From Jefferson City, I'm Beverly Rivera.


Intro: The Missouri department of transportation says teenagers use seat belts less than any other age group.

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According to a report released by the department, only 58 percent of the state's teenagers buckle their seat belts while on the road.

Transportation department spokesman Jeff Briggs says this is a source of worry.

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Description: Briggs says teenagers are more likely have accidents and the least likely to wear seat belts.

Briggs says the transportation department runs special campaign ads geared toward teenagers to help educate them on the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

From the State Capitol, I'm Beverly Rivera.


Intro: The department of transportation says Missourians are using seat belts less this year than last year.  

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SOC

The report released by the department shows only 75 percent of Missourians are buckling up when on the road.

That's 2 percent lower than last year.

Jeff Briggs, a spokesman for the department says he doesn't like the numbers.

Actuality:  SBELT4.WAV
Run Time: 00:12
Description: Briggs says 68 percent of people who die in Missouri accidents aren't wearing seat belts.

Briggs says he doesn't know why Missourians are wearing their seat belts less, but he hopes the trend reverses.

From the state capitol, I'm Beverly Rivera.