Archive for Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Martley: Click It or Ticket just around the corner

Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley

Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley

May 16, 2012

Beginning Monday and continuing through Sunday, June 3, drivers can expect increased police presence as the Basehor Police Department joins more than 150 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2012 Kansas Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement campaign. This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Expect strict enforcement of the Safety Belt Use and Child Passenger Safety Acts. These acts require that all occupants must be appropriately restrained. Occupants ages 14 and older are cited individually. In the event that a passenger under the age of 14 is unrestrained, the driver will be cited. Children under the age of 4 must be secured in an approved child safety seat. Children ages 4 through 7 must be securely belted into an approved booster seat unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds. Children ages 8 through 13 must be safety-belted. In addition, the act prohibits persons under the age of 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup bed.

The aim of Click It or Ticket is simple: to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes. According to KDOT’s Traffic Safety section, more than two-thirds of those killed in crashes are not belted in. Just as striking is the fact that about 89 percent of crash survivors who suffer no injuries at all are belted in. In other words, an unrestrained occupant has only about an 11 percent chance of not being injured in a crash. And all for simply not taking two seconds to buckle up.

Everyone knows there are seat belt laws and that seat belts and child safety seats save lives and reduce injury, as well as hold down health care costs for all of us. But too many drivers play the odds and don’t buckle up or require their passengers to buckle up because, in their experience, a crash is unlikely. But when a crash does happen, it’s generally within five miles from home.

When you don’t buckle up yourself or require that your passengers buckle up, you’re making the decision for everyone in your vehicle that the drivers you meet are not going to be distracted by sleepiness, cell phone conversations, texting, changing radio stations or kids fighting in the back seat. And you’re assuming for everyone, that no animal, roadway or mechanical problem will cause you to suddenly brake or veer out of your lane. I want people to know that the Basehor Police Department is committed to aggressively ticketing violators of seat belt and child safety laws, and all other traffic infractions that make our streets and highways unsafe.

Comments

LR 2 years, 7 months ago

"...drivers can expect increased police presence as the Basehor Police Department... I want people to know that the Basehor Police Department is committed to aggressively ticketing violators..."

Is this some kind of cover-up action to deceive the public into thinking you care, when it's really about getting the money from the State or Feds for every ticket that gets written??

Still ignoring that Notice of Claims that exposes the truth, that you don't care about us Basehor residents calling in with actual crimes to be investigated and solved, and you don't really care about your officers because it's some big joke to you if the shotgun in an officer's vehicle is not loaded, and Heaven forbid, don't let any of us Basehor residents get assaulted because you won't stand up for us on that one either! And how convenient, since you're the "interim" city administrator, you can't investigate yourself over at the Basehor PD!

But Basehor is supposed to feel "safe" just because you're out there with "more police presence" and going "aggressively" against those darn seat-belt violators while our residents get identity theft put on a non-crime form, and then Lt. Pierce says he, and the other officers, have to hide it behind your back to file it as a crime just to get it investigated.....but nobody's talking about any of that, are they? Supposed to "move on" and "forget about it" and "calm down"...

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ProudOfOurCity 2 years, 7 months ago

Once again whenever you read something extremely negative it is written by LR. Get a life.

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Thinkaboutit 2 years, 7 months ago

I feel very safe in Basehor! Thank You Basehor Police Department including Chief Martley! Im glad they are not overly concerned about former employees unhappy with their current lives and want to make others miserable. Keep up the good work guys! Please keep positive and disregard all the anger others are trying to spread.

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basehorgal 2 years, 7 months ago

You actually expect the Chief to drop everything including keeping hundreds of drivers and passengers including children safe to worry about a disgruntled ex-employee that got fired? That's ridiculous! Keep up the good work Chief! LR should be embarassed of his/her post!

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