After a minor car accident left him with a mild neck injury and a bit shaken up, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says that he has learned his lesson about wearing a seat belt at all times when in the car.

Last month, Nixon was driving in a Missouri Highway Patrol car in Jefferson County when he went to reach for a briefcase in another area of the vehicle. At the same time, a car rear-ended the cruiser, sending the governor flying into the back of the driver’s seat.

Nixon said that he learned his lesson – and that he urges all Missourians to wear a seat belt whenever possible. Even though adults are not required to wear a seat belt in the back seat of a car in Missouri, Nixon recommended the practice to everyone, including himself.

Traffic accident studies have found that wearing a seat belt at all times is the easiest and most effective way to save lives on our interstates and highways.
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