Police push for seatbelt ordinance in the city of Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield City Council will discuss adding a new seatbelt ordinance to allow police to pull you over for not wearing one.

"I think it is absolutely necessary. I mean if you are not going to wear your seat belt then you pose a risk to others in your car or others around you." says Adam Spencer.

"I think there is other things that they could concentrate on. You could forget to fasten it if you are just running from the house to the grocery store." says B.J. Marsh.

The proposal has been discussed by the city council for almost a year -- and it has the support of Springfield police chief Paul Williams. Currently police can't pull you over just for not wearing your seat belt, if they pull you over for another violation and notice that you aren't wearing a seat belt -- they can ticket you.

According to savemolives.com, 81% of Missouri drivers wear their seat belt regularly.

"I wear it pretty often," said Kyle Pierson. "Sometimes I don't wear it all the time like I should."

"I wear my seatbelt everytime I leave my house."
Police say 63.5% percent of vehicle occupant fatalities in 2016 were unbuckled.

"They save more lives than they lose." says Ben Daniel.

"I was in a car accident and if I hadn't had it on I wouldn't be standing here talking to you right now." says Kevin Fields.

Over 5600 unbuckled people in Missouri died or were seriously injured during accidents last year. Seat belts reduce the risk of a fatal injury during a crash by 45 percent.