The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety has launched an art contest for Missouri students ages 14-19.

The “Make a Difference” art contest invites students to create a poster to support the importance of wearing a seat belt. The contest launched on January 9 and runs to February 27.

The poster must have a strong call to action and encourage peers to buckle up. Among prizes awarded, contest winners will have their posters promoted in the March Teen Seat Belt statewide media campaign.

“Traffic crashes are the number one killer of teens,” said Highway Safety Director Bill Whitfield. “Only 70 percent of Missouri’s teens buckle up on a regular basis, compared to an overall usage of 90 percent nationwide.”

When worn correctly, safety belts can reduce the risk of death for front seat occupants or passenger cars by 45 percent.

For more information about the “Make a Difference” contest, visit Save MO Lives on Facebook, or log on to