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SAFE seatbelt enforcement campaign results released

Law enforcement agencies around the state, along with the Kansas Highway Patrol, conducted an annual seatbelt enforcement campaign near area high schools. The campaign ran from Feb. 29 through March 13.

During this annual seatbelt enforcement period, 131 agencies reported and issued:

  • Adult seatbelt citations: 1,141
  • Teen seatbelt citations (ages 14-17): 269
  • Child restraint citations: 83
  • Other citations: 674
  • Number of officers who worked: 665
  • Hours worked for enforcement: 1,382.75

The seatbelt enforcement campaign was conducted in conjunction with the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, Kansas Department of Transportation, and the SAFE (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) program, which is ran by the students of the high school they attend. Currently, 142 schools in 62 counties participate in the program statewide.

In 2015, Kansas lost 13 teens, ages 13-19, in crashes, with 40 percent of those victims not being properly restrained.

The goal of the enforcement is to work to increase education and enforcement on seatbelt laws. KDOT, KTSRO, and law enforcement partners across the state have spent more than 20 years educating Kansas teens on the dangers of driving without a seatbelt.

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