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School Seat Belt Effort to Begin

KSAL Staff - February 28, 2016 6:14 am

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Beginning Monday the Salina Police Department will join other agencies around the Midwest focusing on seat belt violations, specifically around schools.

According to the agency, the department will join other law enforcement agencies in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years. In 2015, 13 teens lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas because they were not properly restrained.

In an effort to change this trend, The Salina Police Department will be extra vigilant when patrolling around local high schools.

For more than 30 years, officers have educated and warned passengers and drivers regarding the importance of using restraints while in their vehicle. There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort.

Officers will issue citations to any individual who refuses to obey the traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, texting or failing to buckle up.

The extra enforcement effort will go thru March 13t.


Doug Clemens

February 28, 2016 at 9:20 am

What the person writing this story fails to say only five of the 13 teenagers killed were not wearing a seat belt when found. That does not mean they were not wearing them and they malfunctioned or before they died they tried to get out of the wreck. Why not tell us how many teens died because of drugs? That figure would be a lot greater. Salina police should be spending their time on the druggies selling to the teens.

Brad Cooper

February 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

#1 why are there no seat belts on school buses. #2 why is it easier for a high school kid to get dope than booze? mr clemens you should be advocating to legalize drugs if you really care about the kids. you can lock up dopers forevrr and theres always more. tough on criminals does not always equal intelligent approach to societies problems. Does your head hurt yet from banging it on the wall? Keep doing it for another 40 years, surely by then we’ll have solved this problem by locking everyone up.

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