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Seatbelt enforcement efforts

Post Date:02/18/2015
Beginning February 23, 2015, through March 6, 2015, the Prairie Village Police Department will join other Kansas Law Enforcement to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years. In 2014, 34 teens lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas; 63% of those teens were NOT PROPERLY RESTRAINED.

In an effort to change this trend, law enforcement across Kansas will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. For more than 30 years, officers have educated and warned passengers and drivers regarding the importance of using restraints while in their vehicle. There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort. Officers will issue citations to any individual who refuses to obey the traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, texting or failing to buckle up.

Shawnee Mission East School Resource Officer Eric Mieske says, “Even one teen death is unacceptable. Please slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up.”

School Resource Officer Adam Taylor, who is assigned to Indian Hills Middle School, says, "I want people to know that the Prairie Village PD is committed to aggressively ticketing violators of seat belt and child safety laws, and all other traffic infractions – especially speeding and texting while driving – that make our streets unsafe.”

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