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Police Urge Drivers to Buckle Up

KSAL Staff - October 29, 2013 10:31 am

The DUI patrol will be from 11:00 Friday night through 3:00 Saturday morning.

Salina Police will be out in force Wednesday evening looking for seat belt violations.

Lt. Russ Lamer tells KSAL News that four officers and one spotter will be working around the city from 9pm to 11pm Wednesday, looking for occupants who are not buckled up.

Citations for unrestrained adults are $10 while the citation for children under 18-years old who are not buckled up is $60 plus court costs of $55.

The extra hours for officers is paid for by a special night time seat belt enforcement grant.

Fuchs Mi

October 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

Oh yea spend more of our taxpayer monies. Has Russ Lamer alias Santa and the Easter Bunny ever caught a real criminal since he has been on the force??? I bet not but the police keep ignoring the crime spree and it looks like the acting chief has just followed in the retired chief’s footsteps. I throught Carson would do a better job an I am so disapointed in him. Probably he ought to retire also to same what dignety he has left.

Fred Hanson

October 29, 2013 at 10:56 am

I lived in this area for a long time and I do not ever remember Russ Lamer doing anything but causing problems in the department and for the taxpayers. Who gives a rats behind if anyone uses a seat belt or not. That is one’s choice and freedom to do as they wish on this matter. Seems to me our freedoms keep being removed. I have to agree taxpayer monies could be better spent fighting crime. I would rather see the cops arresting those parents who give kids guns to shoot and end up killing themselves or parents that do not feed their kids or take care of them properly. These are more important issues at hand then seatbelts.

Chris Lauck

October 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Last time I checked, the state has a law that requires you to buckle your seatbelt. Like all laws, we have the choice not to obey it, but along with that comes the subsequent punishment. So if you choose to not wear your seatbelt and you get caught there will be a fine. The police are just doing their job. They are not only responsible for catching criminals, but they are also responsible for protecting the community. It also always seems like when everyone reads these announcements that you all miss the last sentence stating that the funding for paying the extra officers comes from a seatbelt enforcement grant, NOT our taxpayers money. Just, one more point here…for those of you who don’t want to wear your seatbelt…don’t, but when you get in an accident and hurt yourself or any of your unbuckled passengers, you have nobody to blame but yourself and your own stupidity and ignorance.

Ryan Elder

October 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

To Chris… I look at it like this… If the STATE says that I, a person in a 3000lb + vehicle have to wear a seat belt then why the hell don’t they make people on a motor cycle wear a helmet. It is MY CHOICE and I will not wear one just for that fact in Salina. While the “Money” comes from a “Grant” it still doesn’t help out any at all when vandals are out breaking in to cars, homes businesses and storage units. I am sure that the people of Salina would love to get “Grant Money” to help the cops to their REAL jobs!!!

Chris Lauck

October 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Ryan, I wish those who ride motorcycles were required to wear helmets. If you don’t want to wear a seat belt legally then I suggest you get a motorcycle or scooter. As for you and I driving a 3000lb+ vehicle, we can cause a lot more damage to others whether in our vehicle or to those in others, and statistics show that seat belts save lives. So logically one could go so far as to say that if we wear our seat belts there would be far fewer fatalities and traumatic injuries. That is why the state made the law. They are trying to help keep you and I alive. These grants pay for the extra otherwise off duty officers to work overtime, so really there are more officers out doing their jobs than there normally would be, thus protecting you and I in greater force.

Fred Hanson

October 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

Hey Chris evidently you are a product of the Salina School System. YOUR STATEMENT LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANT IS NOT TAXPAYER MONEY SURE PROVES IT. Do you believe there is a money tree somewhere that produces money that then is picked and given to the police? You also said something meaningless like the last time you checked the state has a law against not wearing a seat belt. That is fine but there are 1000’s of laws on the books that go unenforced everyday by the police. If they are going to push the seat belt law they should be pushing the other laws as well. How are they protecting the community when crime is running wild all over the city. That should be where their effort should be not giving someone a ticket for whose freedom has been taken away as to deceide for themselves if they wish to buckle up or not.

Chris Lauck

October 30, 2013 at 10:07 am

Fred, I recommend you go check out ksdot.org. There, you will find the information on the state funded seat belt enforcement grants. As for the other laws on the books that you feel go un-enforced, I ask you this: are you a police officer? Do you know these laws and see them being constantly violated? I’m sure if the officers see one of these laws being violated they will do something about it seeing as that’s their job. All this rampant crime your speaking of is a serious concern, and if our police could catch the perpetrators in the act or quickly enough to where they can’t get away things would be better. The problem is, by the time a crime is reported the “perp” has had time to get away, so by the time the closest responding officer can get to the scene the criminals are long gone. From there they do what the can by gathering information from witnesses (if there are any) and then doing their best to solve the crime. Sure, it may seem to you that they aren’t doing their job well at all, but they’re only human and can only do so much with limited information. Maybe if you have info that could help them you should tell them because apparently you see more crime than anyone here in Salina. Last point, the seat belt laws not only protect you and your passengers, but also those in other vehicles as I said in my previous post. I don’t know about you, but I get sick to my stomach when I read a news report of a serious accident that resulted in traumatic injuries and death because the people didn’t wear their seat belt. I can assure you that the responding officers really hate showing up to the scene, seeing the bloody mess of bodies and then finding out that they “chose” not to wear their seat belt. That sir is one main reason why they enforce this law. Forgive them for looking after our safety and those of others.

Fred Hanson

October 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Chris evidently you get to alot of accidents. How many have you been to where someone’s head has been severed due to the seatbelt. Or how many have you viewed where the seatbelt jammed and a person was burned to death. I am still trying to figure out how people in the other car can be affected in an accident whether I am wearing my seat belt or not please explain that. YOU STILL DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT GRANTS ARE TAXPAYER MONIES. IF people did not pay taxes of all kinds there would be no monies to run the states or country. What part of that do you not understand? A police presence on the streets patrolling does deter crime. Having a good investigative team in the police department solves crimes. Crooks tend to brag about what they do and having informants that hear some of this solves crimes. If you are a police officer I can see why we have all these problems in Salina. There has always been crime here but 30 to 40 years ago there was crime but we had capable people as police and they put a stop to most of it where people left their doors unlocked. Do that today and your big screen tv will be on craigslist.

Fred Hanson

October 30, 2013 at 4:09 pm

One other point is police ignor whether you are wearing a seatbelt when you pull up next to them at a traffic signal. They look at you and can see no seatbelt usuage but do nothing. Or they see someone doing a u-turn, illegal lane change, parking illegally, following to closely ect ect ect and do nothing. Do you know there is a law against jay walking but they do not hand out summons. How about the goings on at Thomas park by the gay community which is breaking the law but nothing is done. Whether one uses a seatbelt should not have tax payer money wasted on it. The cops are suppose to be inforcing that law for the job they are being paid to do.

Fuchs Mi

October 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Give up Fred evidently Chris cannot understand grants and what funds them. He or she also does not understand that seatbelts are a individuals right to use or not to use and is a freedom that has been taken away from us by the politicians. Just like the medical insurance deal going on where we no longer are free to make our own choices. I use my seatbelt sometimes and do not other times but should not be forced to do so or fined.

Redden Neck

October 31, 2013 at 8:40 am

Wow are people that dumb that they do not know where grant money comes from?

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