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Lawrence police patrolling for seat belt violations Tuesday

January 20, 2013


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Lawrence police will patrol for seat belt law violations Tuesday night, according to Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

Kansas law mandates a minimum of a $60 ticket for drivers and passengers ages 14 to 17 who are cited for not wearing a seat belt. The ticket is $10 for those 18 and older.

Police can stop a car for the sole reason of a seat belt violation in the front seats of the vehicle, according to state law. If the back seat passengers are the only ones in violation, police can only cite them if they have also been cited for another violation.

Sixty-three percent of Kansas fatality accident victims in 2012 were not wearing seat belts, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. On average, 88 percent of Kansas motorists did wear them.

The effort to conduct special nighttime seat belt enforcement is part of the Nighttime Seat belt Enforcement Program, paid for through a grant funded by KDOT.


hitme 5 years ago

In other cities, I've seen Police depts. use a (pedestrian) person as a spotter, in an elevated position and have several catchers down the road. It kept them busy.

Keith 5 years ago

They do that here too, last year they had a spotter (in uniform) at the corner of City Hall and the river bridge. If he saw you were not wearing a belt, you got pulled over on the bridge by the rest of the team.

msezdsit 5 years ago

How about giving the police a reason to stop you so they can harass you. If you fit their profile all they have to do is say you didn't have your seat belt on. Who would know whether you did or not, but you may get a trip to the jail while the details are sorted out later.

Randall Barnes 5 years ago

give me a ticket because i choose not to have my internal organs crushed by a seat belt.

hujiko 5 years ago

Right. Being impaled, pinned, dragged, or ejected is so much more survivable.

LogicMan 5 years ago

Is "Impeading the flow of traffic" illegal by Kansas, Douglas County, or Lawrence traffic law?

Bruce Elliott 5 years ago

The big push is from KDOT. The more tickets written, the more funds a participating department can get from KDOT for a job well done.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years ago

They should post an officer by the bridge and get those people turning north from the left lane and winding up in the right lane. They could pay of the national debt.

LogicMan 5 years ago

Or at KU, as northbound Iowa Street people turn right onto 15th. You must "turn into the lane closest to you". On Friday, I saw a non-responding LPD car violate that rule elsewhere in town.

JackMcKee 5 years ago

No problem here. My vehicle dings incessantly if you don't buckle your seat belt.

Topple 5 years ago

Mine dings AND holds my radio hostage!

Hoots 5 years ago

The only place I've seen them do this is downtown during heavy drinking hours on either Vermont or New Hampshire. This is more a tool to look for DUI's and other infractions. It gives them an excuse to make contact with you and then start sniffing for booze, drugs, no insurance, or to watch you roll up texting, etc. They usually have several cops on foot stationed around a 4 way stop.

Topple 5 years ago

Works for me! I sometimes wonder how there aren't a dozen DUI arrests every night in this town. It's usually not very hard to spot drunk people getting into their cars around Mass.

eeko 5 years ago

Another example of LPD majoring on the minors.

whats_going_on 5 years ago

Is it still $50 fine for texting while driving? If so, this makes absolutely no sense.

Kyle Chandler 5 years ago

Lets just call it what it is.....Rookie Training Day

troll 5 years ago

If the passenger is not wearing a seat belt, does the citation go to that passenger, or the driver?

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