Police officers issue 72 citations during recent seatbelt campaign
During a recent two-week span, officers from the Basehor Police Department issued 72 traffic citations to motorists for various violations, police chief Terry Horner reports. The citations were issued as part of "Click It or Ticket," a national campaign to bolster motorist safety and seatbelt habits.
"The officers went out and did their jobs and should be commended for the good job they did," Horner said.
The police department received $2,500 in state grant money to pay overtime wages for officers participating in the program. Horner said the figures compiled by the police department "should enable Basehor to receive more state funding for these type of projects" in coming months.
It was the police department's intention to raise awareness to information compiled by the Kansas Department of Transportation that indicate Kansas' seatbelt usage is well below the national average. While issuing citations is an easy way to accomplish that goal, Horner said his officers were also allowed flexibility in dealing with offenders.
Officers issued 18 warnings to motorists during "Click It or Ticket," the police department reports.
"That also tells us the officers were using some discretion out there," he said.
A breakdown of the citations issued indicate the majority of motorists were ticketed for speeding (47 citations), not wearing a seatbelt (12 citations) and no current proof of liability insurance (11 citations).
Eight Basehor police officers logged more than 140 hours during the safety campaign.