Archive for Thursday, May 20, 2010

Police presence increasing during Click it or Ticket

May 20, 2010

Drivers in Basehor are warned to be alert to heightened traffic enforcement, beginning May 24, 2010, as additional officers of the Basehor Police Department will be placed on the roadways to aggressively enforce Kansas Seat Belt laws.

The officers will be participating in the Kansas Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign through June 6.

Look for strict enforcement of the Safety Belt Use and Child Passenger Safety Acts. 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 ages 4 through 7 must be securely belted into 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 is among many law enforcement agencies statewide, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, participating in Click It or Ticket. The aim is to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes.

Seat belts and child restraints are your best protection against the unexpected, including all forms of driver inattention, even your own.

The Basehor Police Department will be strictly enforcing the Kansas seat belt laws in hopes of reducing the number of traffic-related deaths again in 2010.

So please buckle up and remember seat belts do save lives.

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