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Police to aggressively enforce seat-belt laws in 2013 Click It or Ticket campaign

May 17, 2013


For about two weeks starting Monday, police will make a special effort to pull over and cite drivers who are not wearing their seat belts.

Lawrence police are joining more than 140 other Kansas law enforcement agencies in the 2013 Click it or Ticket enforcement campaign from Monday until June 2, when officers throughout the state will aggressively enforce seat belt laws and other traffic violations, according to a news release from the Lawrence Police Department.

The enforcement effort is paid for through a grant provided by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Sixty-three percent of fatal-accident victims in Kansas in 2012 were not wearing seat belts, according to KDOT studies.

Officers can stop drivers solely for seat-belt violations and cite them as well as any passengers who are not wearing seat belts. Kansas law mandates a minimum ticket of $60 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.


traveler12 5 years ago

Umm. Why are tickets higher for kids 14-17?

Ian_Cummings 5 years ago

If a child passenger is in the car without a seat belt, the police officer might cite the driver of the car, who would be the responsible party. Ian Cummings, Lawrence Journal-World.

jack22 5 years ago

Does anyone know if the seat belt law applies to antique vehicles that were made before they started installing seat belts in cars? My antique car doesn't have belts and tops out at about 45 mph. Am I going to get busted?

Liberty275 5 years ago

No. If a car did not come with an option such as seat belts or third brake lights, you cannot be ticketed for not having them. Cars that did not come with seat belts not only lack the belts, but also the anchor points where they can be bolted in. You can install seat belts in cars with sheet metal floorboards, but you have to run the bolts thru large steel plates under the car. An LS1 engine will fix that 45 MPH problem.

jack22 5 years ago

Thanks for the info. I've actually been thinking of updating the engine.

Pr0digy 5 years ago

LS1 is a Aluminum pushrod V-8 GM Engine used for the 1997-2004 Chevrolet Corvette C5, 1998-2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, SS, 1998-2002 Pontiac Firebird Formula, Trans Am and 2004 Pontiac GTO I actually think a Rocketdyne F-1 strapped to the top would get you a bit more horsepower.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

Jack, at that speed you could be partially ejected from the car in a wreck, that is though the windshield, and then others would have to deal with your gruesome remains.

Liberty275 5 years ago

What happens if you are riding a bicycle and you get hit by a car going 45?

Dan Eyler 5 years ago

I want to see a return on the investment in police and administrative time and resources used to "remind" people to wear their seat belt. What is the objective here? Sounds like we have criminalize even more people by adding failure to wear your seat-belt to the criminal code. The city police might pull over a handful of cars in an evening and make contact with a handful of people. They lecture the occupant, and write a ten dollar ticket and say we gotcha. I think we can do equally as well to improve seat-belt usage by using communication that actually works. Try Facebook and throw in a few pictures of mangled vehicles covered in white sheets and be far more successful at reaching the target audience. We can also take satisfaction that we have stopped using "The Law" to violate even more of our rights. Instead share with the target audience the results of their actions and letting them decide for themselves if they want to wear a seat-belt. We can go about our business the police back to the serious tasks already on their plate, and get far better results.

Fossick 5 years ago

The government knows what is best for you and can make a bit of cash making sure you obey. What could possibly be wrong with such an idea?

Bob Forer 5 years ago

Actually, wearing seat belts is "best for you." And considering the small fine, and the costs of enforcement, it is not a money making proposition.

Lawrence Morgan 5 years ago

In California, for the first time it's $150, not $10. That's more like it. People need to have their seat belts on at all times when they are driving.

appleaday 5 years ago

Just so you sign a waiver saying that when you are disabled as the result of your accident while not wearing a seatbelt, and lose your job and your health insurance, you don't ask the taxpayers to pay your ongoing medical bills and costs for care.....

eotw33 5 years ago

They should write tickets for people creating their own turn lane too

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

Seat belt laws are, like all driving laws, designed to protect people. Car crashes and those accidents which involve pedestrians or bikers, are not to be taken lightly. They cause a great deal of damage, both in terms of human emotional and physical trauma, and monetary.

Even if you are willing to take the risk it is unlikely you will be in a one car accident. Do you really have the right to endanger others? As for babies and small children they are at the mercy of the adults who have been charged with their care.

Liberty275 5 years ago

Have you ever been in a wreck? I've rolled a few cars and I can tell you that the amount of control you have over a car during a wreck is nil. How do you propose controlling a car with a tie rod or ball joint broken off? To dispose of an airbag, you put it inside several tires and keep all people 50 feet away while you ignite the charge. Do you think your brain will be functional enough to allow you to drive just after such a device explodes 16 inches from your face?

Not wearing a seatbelt doesn't pose a threat to anyone but the person that doesn't wear it. You guys can stop using that red herring.

Bob Forer 5 years ago

Agreed. But there are costs that the general public absorbs for the folks that choose not to wear seat-belts. It is a well known fact that seat-belts can lessen the extent of injuries in an automobile accident. The lower frequency of injuries means insurance claims are lower, hence lower insurance premiums for all of us.

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