Law enforcement agencies along with the Kansas Highway Patrol will conduct a seat belt enforcement program running from now until Friday, Oct. 30 in conjunction with the Seat Belts are For Everyone (SAFE) program.


According to the KHP, troopers will focus on drivers and passengers in and around elementary and middle schools with troopers being extra vigilant when patrolling around schools.


"The KHP 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 Herman T. Jones, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol. "Seat belts have been proven to save lives and prevent injuries. It is our goal to make sure all citizens of Kansas, even the youngest citizens, buckle up in all seating positions."


Currently in Kansas, 117 high schools from 57 counties participate in the SAFE program, the KHP said.


A locally sustained program administered by the students of the high school they attend, the focus of SAFE is on reducing deaths and injuries on Kansas roadways.


According to the 2019 Kansas observational seat belt survey, children are much more likely to be buckled up if the driver is wearing their seat belt. About 97% of the children are restrained if the driver is buckled with only 30% of children being buckled if the driver does not wear their seat belt.


Law enforcement officers have educated and warned drivers and passengers about the importance of using seat belts while in their vehicles for the past 20 years.


For more information or to see more about Kansas safety belt laws, visit www.ktsro.org.


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