Arrive Alive

Teens

Teens

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for youth (15-20) in Missouri, accounting for nearly 11.8 percent of traffic fatalities during the last three years. Many factors including inexperience, alcohol, speeding, cell phones, and other countless distractions all contribute to these crashes, with many resulting in death.

Under the Graduated Driver License Law, teens from age 15-18 are required to wear their safety belt and it’s a primary offense if they don’t, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing their safety belt. Teen seat belt use in Missouri is only 70 percent, much lower than state (79 percent) and national (86 percent) seat belt use.   

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