Archive for Wednesday, July 13, 2011

25 years ago: Kansas residents getting used to new seat belt law

July 13, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 13, 1986:

  • The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration had cited Wilson Constructors, Salina, for two “serious” safety violations that had occurred during a Lawrence city project. The contractor had been building an interceptor sewer line on Lawrence Avenue.
  • A survey by Kansas University’s Institute of Public Policy and Business Research revealed that about 70 percent of Kansas adults thought that acid rain was a problem. Additionally, 55.8 percent were willing to pay $1 or more on their monthly utility bill to clean it up.
  • It was apparent to at least one observer that the new Kansas seat belt law was having a good effect. Lawrence’s assistant police chief Maj. Ron Olin said that he had noticed an increase in the number of people buckling up since the law had gone into effect on July 1. “I know I’m wearing mine,” he added. Two “non-scientific” intersection checks by Journal-World staff showed similar results.


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