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MSHP, Cardinals players team up to buckle up

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol and St. Louis Cardinals teamed up to remind drivers and their passengers to buckle up.

The campaign reminds drivers it only takes three seconds to buckle up. Dead is forever.

Cardinals players Matt Carpenter, Jon Jay, Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller, and Jason Motte joined local Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers at Busch Stadium to record the messages. Each message comes from the perspective that everyone can be a hero by buckling up.

In 2011, a Missouri driver's chance of being killed in a traffic crash if they were not wearing a seat belt was 42 times greater than that of a driver who was buckled up, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

So far in 2012, of those who have been killed in crashes in vehicles requiring seat belt use, 64 percent have been unrestrained. 

Watch the public service announcements can be viewed on the Patrol's website at and select the "video library" link halfway down the right side of the page.

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