Police to step up seat belt enforcement
Click It or Ticket campaign begins Monday
Get ready for Click it or Ticket. The campaign for 2009 starts on Monday, May 18, and runs through May 31.
In 2008 the number of traffic related deaths in Kansas was approximately 383. It is believed that strict enforcement of current seat belt and child safety seat laws will help to this reduce this number. Across the state of Kansas, only 73 percent of front-seat passengers buckle up. According to KDOT’s Bureau of Traffic Safety, 70 percent of those who died in traffic crashes were not belted in and by contrast, almost 90 percent of those not injured were belted in.
The Safety Belt Use Act specifies that all front-seat passengers must be buckled in. Officers are authorized to pull over any vehicle that has children who are under the age of 14 who are not properly restrained. Children under the age of 4 must be secured in a federally approved child safety seat; children 4 through 7 must be securely belted in to an approved booster seat; and children ages 8 through 13 must be safety belted. In addition, children under the age of 14 are prohibited from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as the bed of a pickup truck.
The Basehor Police Department participates in the S.T.E.P (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) also knows as “Click It or Ticket.” Everyone knows there are both a seat belt law and a law directing that children should be properly restrained. We are particularly concerned about the low rate of seat belt use in our rural communities. Rural drivers are the ones most vulnerable to a fatal crash as they drive home on familiar county roads and refuse to wear their seat belts.
The Basehor Police Department will be strictly enforcing the Kansas seat belt laws in hopes of helping to reduce the number of traffic related deaths again in 2009. So, please buckle up and remember: SEAT BELTS DO SAVE LIVES.