On September 14, 2009, the Nixa Board of Alderman passed a law that requires drivers and passengers to wear their seatbelts while driving through Nixa. While it's only common sense that one should wear their seatbelt, what is significant about this ordinance is that it gives the Nixa Police Department the right to pull you over if they suspect you are not complying. It also give them the right to issue a citation based solely on seatbelt usage....REGARDLESS OF AGE.
Only one council member cast a dissenting vote, Kevin Elmer. His reasoning was that a seatbelt violation should not constitute the right to inspect or detain.
Statistics were used as arguments for the ordinance. According to a representative from St. John's Hospital, only 62% of Nixa residents treated at the hospital following an automobile accident reported wearing their seatbelt. In the 15-19 age group, only 17% reported wearing a seatbelt. The average cost of treatment for someone wearing their seatbelt was $9,000, compared to the patient who did NOT wear their seatbelt, which averaged $40,000.
So....save lives....save money...and save an officer's time! Buckle up!
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