KU police gave 148 seat-belt citations during Click it or Ticket campaign, bumping countywide total to over 1,000

A University of Kansas police patrol vehicle is pictured in June 2016 on the KU campus.

Wednesday I reported that Douglas County law enforcement agents wrote an average of 64 seat belt tickets a day — for a total of 896 — as part of the recent two-week Click it or Ticket enforcement campaign. I didn’t get the University of Kansas police department numbers in time to include in that story. But I got them this morning, and it turns out KU wrote more seat belt tickets than any other local agency except the Lawrence Police Department.

KU police made 153 stops as part of the campaign and wrote 148 seat-belt tickets, according to Deputy Chief James Anguiano. He said KU officers also wrote five other citations, four of which resulted in arrests for outstanding warrants.

Now including KU, Douglas County law enforcement agents wrote an average of just under 75 seat-belt tickets a day, for a total of 1,044 seat-belt tickets as part of the two-week campaign.

More than 150 law enforcement agencies statewide — including all the agencies in Douglas County — participated in this year’s Click it or Ticket campaign, May 21 through Sunday. The extra patrols timed around Memorial Day weekend are supported by grant money from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Seat-belt tickets issued during 2018 Click it or Ticket campaign

Lawrence Police Department — 807

University of Kansas Office of Public Safety — 148

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office — 52

Eudora Police Department — 25

Baldwin City Police Department — 12

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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