Emporia Police Department will join Law Enforcement agencies in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma through March 9, 2018 to end a long-time epidemic. In 2015, over a dozen teens lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas; 40 percent of those teens were not properly restrained.
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In efforts to change this trend, law enforcement across the tri-state area will be extra-vigilant when patrolling near schools. For more than three decades, officers have educated and warned passengers and drivers of the importance of using proper restraints while in their vehicle.
Officers will issue citations to individuals refusing to obey the traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, texting or failing to buckle up. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S. For adults and older children, seat belts are one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Although, millions do not buckle up each time they travel.
In Kansas, seat belt laws are primary for drivers and front seat passengers, as well as for passengers age 14-17 in all seats. The laws are secondary for rear seat passengers age 18 and older. It is important to know the law not only to avoid fines, but to reduce the risk of injury or death. Child restraint laws vary by state, but generally, child restraint laws require children riding in a car to use approved restraint devices (car seats, booster seats, or seat belts) appropriate for their age, height, and weight. According to the CDC, solidifying current laws with booster seat provisions helps minimize injuries and deaths by requiring children who have outgrown car seats to use booster seats through age eight, or until seat belts fit properly.
Typically, primary laws result in higher rates of seat belt use than secondary seat belt laws, which allow officers to ticket the individual, only if they have pulled the driver over for another reason.
For the latest information on the laws in Kansas or other stats, check with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety at www.iihs.org.
Safe Kids Emporia will hold their first Child Passenger Safety Seat check-up event will take place the first Saturday in March. This is a free service to families, which will allow them to have the child passenger seat inspected and installed by certified technicians.
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