Police in St. Louis on Friday began cracking down on drivers violating the seat belt law in Missouri. And authorities said they planned to focus on teen drivers.
According to statistics, only 66 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.
And state officials say eight out of 10 teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.
The statewide enforcement started Friday and goes through the end of the month.
Under the graduated driver’s license law, teens are required to wear their seat belt, which means they can be pulled over for not wearing it.
Officials said seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.