Click It or Ticket Is Just Around the Corner
Beginning on Monday, May 18, and continuing through Sunday, May 31, drivers can expect increased police presence on Prairie Village streets as the Prairie Village Police Department joins 150 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2015 Kansas Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement campaign. This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).
Drivers can expect strict enforcement of both the Safety Belt Use Act and the Child Passenger Safety Act. Briefly, these acts require that all occupants must be appropriately restrained. 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. Some facts from KDOT’s Traffic Safety Office that motivate officers to educate drivers and enforce these laws:
- Almost 50% of those killed in crashes are not belted in.
- At the same time, fully 98% of crash occupants who suffer no injuries of any kind are belted in.
- In general, unrestrained occupants who are involved in a crash have, at most, only about an 8% chance of not suffering some degree of injury.
- Overall, one out of five Kansas drivers are putting themselves at risk of injury or death by not taking three seconds to click that buckle.
- 97% of Kansas children ages 0-4 were buckled in to child safety seats in 2014!
- However, only 82% of Kansas children ages 5-14 were properly restrained.
- Sadly, 80% of Kansas drivers who chose not to wear seat belts themselves also failed to buckle in their child passengers.
According to Captain Byron Roberson, “The single most effective action a driver of a motor vehicle can take to prevent injury or death is to properly wear a seat belt- and to ensure all passengers are properly restrained, as well. And this costs no money at all. When you don’t buckle up yourself, or require your passengers to buckle up, you’re assuming other drivers are not going to be critically affected by drug or medical impairment, sleepiness, cell phone conversations, texting, sloshing coffee, the radio dial or kids fighting in the back seat. I want people to know that the Prairie Village Police Department is committed to aggressively ticketing violators of seat belt and child safety laws, and all other traffic infractions – such as speeding and texting while driving – that make our streets unsafe.”
CONTACT: Capt. Byron Roberson, Patrol Division Commander, 913-385-4617