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25 years ago: More Kansans are buckling up

July 28, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 28, 1987:

  • According to a Kansas Department of Transportation report, more than half of Lawrence drivers and passengers were using their seat belts this summer. That marked an increase of 60 percent in the past year since the Kansas seat belt law had gone into effect on July 1, 1986. About 44 percent of all drivers and passengers statewide were wearing their belts, according to the report. During the recent July 4 weekend, the Kansas Highway Patrol had issued more than 100 citations to unbuckled motorists on state highways.
  • In spite of some criticism, a French mini-submarine and robot had recovered a few items from the ocean floor surrounding the wreck of the Titanic yesterday. According to a statement released from the French Institute for Research and Exploitation of the Sea, the haul from the 2 1/2 mile dive had included a total of 15 plates and bottles.A second attempt in the month-long salvage operation was to be made today. Titanic survivor Eva Hart, whose father had been among the passengers who had perished 75 years earlier in the famous sinking, harshly criticized the French salvagers as "fortune hunters, vultures, pirates" showing "a dreadful insensitivity and greed." Miss Hart, 82, who had been put in a lifeboat that night, added that the "mass sea grave" should be left alone.

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