KHP to Participate in Seat Belt Enforcement Near Area Schools
Joe Denoyer - February 20, 2019 10:07 am
Beginning February 25th and running through March 8th, 2019, the Kansas Highway Patrol, area law enforcement agencies, and agencies in both Missouri and Oklahoma will participate in the annual “High Visibility Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign” near area high schools.
This initiative is coupled with the Seat Belts Are for Everyone (SAFE) program in Kansas’ high schools. SAFE is a locally sustained program, administered by the students of the high school they attend. The focus is on reducing deaths and injuries on Kansas roadways. Currently in Kansas, 168 high schools from 70 counties participate in the SAFE program.
“Troopers will be working with local law enforcement partners in an aggressive education and enforcement campaign focused on the importance of seat belt usage,” said Colonel Mark Bruce, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “Seat belts have been proven to save lives and prevent injuries, and our goal is to make sure all young adults buckle up in all seating positions.”
In 2018, nearly half of all Kansas teens who died in traffic crashes were not wearing a seat belt.