JEFFERSON, CITY, Mo. (KMOX/AP) – Seat belts save lives but apparently some Missourians like the option of going through the windshield in a violent crash.  

The percentage of Missourians who buckle-up is still below the national average. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety found 79 percent of the general public wearing seats belts, while the national average is 85 percent.

It’s even worse for teens. Seat belt use there is relatively flat at 67 percent compared with 66 percent last year. And who do you think pays for the hospital bills for a motorist without heath insurance who doesn’t buckle up and becomes airborne in a crash, can you say taxpayer.

The Missouri Department of Transportation based their findings on observations of more than 127,000 drivers and passengers at 460 rural and urban sites.

Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety

Copyright KMOX/AP


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